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How Do the Times in Which We Live Impact Our View of Events?

In 1914, an eighteen-year-old  - Gavrilo Princip - shot and killed the heir to the Austro-Hungarian Empire.  That event was a precipitating cause of World War One when countries, who were aligned with other, banded together to wage war against other countries who were aligned with each other.  

How likely would it be, today, that such an action - against one soon-to-be head of state - would plunge the world into a major war that could kill millions of people?

If your answer is "not likely," why would the result - between then and now - be so different?  

Do the times in which we live, and the technology available in those different time frames, impact our view of events and the actions we are willing to take to address them?


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