Video Essay: The Origins of World War One

2014 was the centenary of the outbreak of World War One, and the internet was awash with standard explainer videos. I dug a bit deeper and found an unexpected counter-narrative: that go back far enough, and there's an argument that the Great War was started by a book. I hoped this essay would inspire more people to read into the Great War and see that even a global conflict can have human origins. It also managed to annoy lots of World War One nerds. Narratively, this film was quite complex as it tries to explain the causes of war by going backwards in time. In a device inspired by Wes Anderson's "The Grand Budapest Hotel" the film begins in 1914, before going backwards in a series of steps to 1890. It then races back forward at the climax to show the connection between all the pieces.