If World War One Was a Bar Fight

Poor Germany always the gets the wrong blame for starting the First World War. However, the powder keg was already ignited even before Germany decided to honor his alliance with Austria-Hungary. Following the assassination of Archduke Ferdinand by a Serbian Nationalist, the subsequent diplomatic crisis led to a declaration of war by Austria-Hungary on the Kingdom of Serbia. This, in turn, triggered off a long chain of alliances as the Great powers mobilized their forces to defend their allies and settle old scores. When the dust finally settled on 11 November 1918, Europe was in ruin with more than 18 million lives lost in the bloodshed. This classic internet meme below gives a nice metaphorical breakdown of the events as they unfolded during the great war. Though we do not claim it to be highly accurate, it still does more justice than the majority of our school textbooks.



If world war one was a bar fight

Mike Rogers

Writer, history buff and a caffeine-dependent life form.

3 thoughts on “If World War One Was a Bar Fight

  • January 26, 2020 at 10:58 pm

    The US wants Britain and France to pay back everything to them, no compromise. Britain and France pass this demand on to Germany…

  • January 3, 2020 at 8:01 am

    Dear Mr. Mike Rogers.
    My name is Erwin Tan, I hold the position of Associate Professor at Hankuk University of Foreign Studies.

    I am currently working on an article that examines the use of humour as an instrument of pedagogy in seeking to enhance the teaching and learning process for students. I plan to use the World War One as a barfight anecdote as an example of such humour. With this in mind, may I ask if you are the original author of this anecdote?

    I look forward to hearing from you.
    Best regards,


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