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WHEN a Serb gunman shot an Austrian archduke in the summer of 1914, the nations of Europe tumbled into war with all the grace of bowling pins.
Both laypeople and experts fear that just as in 1914 the murder of an Austrian archduke sparked the First World War, in 2017 some incident in the Syrian Desert or an unwise move in the Korean Peninsula might ignite a global conflict.
In 1914 an archduke’s murder in Sarajevo caused economically interdependent states in Europe to fight a giant war of survival, so why can’t disputes over Asian rocks, reefs and artificial islands create a massive conflagration today?
No one thought an obscure Austrian archduke’s assassination in 1914 would lead to some 18 million dead by 1918.
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Origin and Etymology of archduke
First Known Use: 15th centurySee Words from the same year
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Definition of archduke for English Language Learners
: a prince of the royal family of Austria
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