Expert available to speak with media about First World War centenary

Monday, July 28 marks the 100th anniversary of the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria and the outbreak of the First World War.

These events touched off four years of conflict never before seen in history and left a legacy that changed the map of Europe, saw empires crumble and left more than 37 million dead. It is also seen by many as the period when Canada forged a national identity.

What does the First World War mean to us a century later? How did it change the world in which we live? What should we remember about this war, and why?

Western History Professor Jonathan Vance is available to discuss the historical events of the First World War and provide insight into what it means to Canada and the world today.

MEDIA CONTACT: Stephen Ledgley, Senior Media Relations Officer, Western University, 519-661-2111 x85283,

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