Three reasons to fear another 'Great War' today

Last month, I travelled to Vienna, the former seat of the Austro-Hungarian empire and a fitting place to contemplate the 100th anniversary of the conclusion of World War I.

That conflict began with Austria-Hungary's declaration of war against Serbia in July 1914, following the assassination of Austro-Hungarian archduke Franz Ferdinand. It ultimately led to more than 15 million deaths, the collapse of four empires, the rise of communism and fascism in some of Europe's leading states, the emergence and subsequent retreat of America as a global power, and other developments that profoundly altered the course of the 20th century.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 13, 2018, with the headline 'Three reasons to fear another 'Great War' today'. Print Edition | Subscribe