Cause and Effect: the unexpected origins of terrible things



A brand new video essay from delve! 100 summers ago the countries of Europe collapsed quickly into war: it was sudden but also strangely inevitable. Countless books have been written since about the causes of The Great War, but in this video essay we offer an alternative history. By tracing the story backwards in time we stumble upon a very unexpected cause and discover that sometimes the most harmless of things can have terrible consequences. Story Design & Direction: Adam Westbrook Additional Photography: Brett Walsh Animation: Adam Westbrook Archive footage from the US National Archives released in the public domain Stock footage via Videohive and Pond5 All photographs in the public domain via Wikimedia Commons. Satie's Gymnopedie No. 2 performed by Kevin McLeod Additional music and sound effects via AudioJungle Story assistance from Caroline Vanier, Cody Delistraty and Chris Schaefer. Indonesian translation: Farras Octara Here are the books I used in researching this essay. The Guns of August by Barbara Tuchman Bestselling-Outbreak/dp/0241968216/ The War that Ended Peace by Margaret Macmillan ed-Peace/dp/1846682738/ Catastrophe: Europe Goes to War 1914 by Max Hastings pe-Goes-War-1914/dp/0007519745/ Dreadnought: Britain, Germany and the coming of the Great War by Robert K Massie ain-Germany-Coming-Great-ebook/dp/B00D5F OGL6 The Last Kaiser by Giles MacDonogh -Wilhelm-II/dp/0312305575/ The Influence of Sea Power on History 1660-1783 by Alfred T Mahan Upon-History-1660-1783/dp/1589801555 === Translate this video into your own language! You can download the English script, plus instructions, here: CauseAndEffectScript.html === Watch more fascinating video essays on The Man Who Turned Paper Into Pixels: -into-pixels-information-theory/ A Little History of the World on Instagram: The Long Game Part Two: The Long Game Part One: Find out more about the project: Sign up to our mailing list to see the next essay first!