The Great War and the Steel City: World War I turns 100

Melissa Daniels
| Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014, 7:48 p.m.

The Great War started unofficially, with a bullet that killed Austro–Hungarian royal Archduke Franz Ferdinand in the summer of 1914 — 100 years ago.

In the following weeks, bedlam broke out among the region's greatest powers: Austria–Hungary declared war on Serbia on July 28, 1914. The next day, Russia, allied with Serbia, mobilized its troops. France and Germany declared war against each other, and as German forces invaded Belgium, Great Britain took up arms against Germany.

By the first week of August, World War I was underway.

While the United States did not join the war until 1917, the roar of the international conflict resounded in Pittsburgh, where the industry and diverse people of the Steel City churned toward a new era. Click here for the Trib's extensive and interactive look at The Great War and the Steel City.

Click here for the Trib's interactive look at the Great War and the Steel City.

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