Franz Joseph I - The Father of Austria-Hungary

How do personal tragedies affect the political decisions of leaders? Franz Joseph I, the increasingly isolated emperor of the Austrian-Hungarian empire, faced several traumatic events that likely influenced his decisions in the war. After viewing the installment of the Who Did What in World War I? series, learners gain a better understanding of how and why countries entered the war.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Use the video to prompt a discussion about how leaders' personal lives affect their public decisions
  • After viewing the video, discuss how Franz Joseph I's decisions to isolate his empire was an indirect cause of World War I
Classroom Considerations
  • Shows two pictures of dead members of the royal family in their caskets
  • Clearly connects Franz Joseph I to the causes of World War I
  • The animated narrator is engaging in tone and presentation
  • Video is incredibly detailed and may lose some learners in its extensive explanations
Common Core