The key players

Hawks and Doves: the key players of the descent into war. Discovering multiperspectivity in the origins of the ‘unavoidable’ World War One.

Natia Pirtskhalava & Pascal Tak

The key players (Public Domain)

In this activity students will form groups that represent five countries that had a prominent part in World War One: Austria-Hungary, Britain, France, Germany, and Russia. From each country several ‘key players’ are presented. It is for the students to find out what the perspective of each player was on the prospect of a war. Each group makes up the balance for ‘their’ country, finding an answer to the question: would this country have descended into war in 1914, solely based on the dominant view of its key players?

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