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.
- 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
- 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