The birth of Poland was a foregone conclusion, but where its boundaries should lie was very much in dispute and led to bloodshed.
By 1916, both sides in the Great War had declared their desire to see an independent Poland after the war. Now the time had come.
In this final episode on Austria-Hungary, we look at the new nations of Austria and Hungary that emerged from the old Empire. We also take a look at two young Hungarians of the time who became important figures in the US film industry.
In this episode, we look at the birth of Yugoslavia and the cession of ethnic Romanian regions of Hungary to Romania.
This first of a three-part series on the end of Austria-Hungary tells the story of the birth of Czechoslovakia.
Before the Allies were ready to negotiate with the Central Powers, they had to have a "pre-meeting" among themselves to establish a common negotiating position. This "pre-meeting" lasted five months.
With the War now behind us, we take a moment to reflect on its most important lessons.
The United States had a mid-term election just before the Armistice. The UK had a general election just after. Both elections would help shape the post-war world. Also, we say goodbye to Theodore Roosevelt.
The influenza virus that emerged in 1918 was more deadly than was typical for the disease. Because of the Great War, the virus was carried to every corner of the world, including into populations of human beings who had never known the disease before. The death toll was staggering. This epidemic was the deadliest in human history, in terms of absolute number of persons killed.
Influenza has plagued the human race for some 12,000 years. It is caused by a virus, an infectious agent barely understood in 1918.