WWI: Who Lit The Fire? | KCUR

WWI: Who Lit The Fire?

Jan 29, 2014

When you think of World War I, you may picture soldiers fighting in the trenches, but the whole conflict started with the assassination of an Austrian archduke.

Sean McMeekin is the author of July 1914: Countdown to War.

On Wednesday's Up to Date, we talk with historian Sean McMeekin, who says it was a group of corrupt statesmen who held the match that lit the European powder keg.


  • Sean McMeekin, professor at KoƧ University in Turkey and author of The Russian Origins of the First World War and July 1914: Countdown to War

HEAR MORE: Sean McMeekin speaks at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 29 at the Central branch of the Kansas City Public Library, 14 W. 10th St.