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The story of the First World War usually begins in Sarajevo in June 1914. The backdrop to the Second lies firmly in the beer halls of Munich and the heart of Berlin. In this talk, internationally best-selling historian Peter Frankopan explains how it can be helpful to look beyond the familiar to see how Asia provided an important context as the world burst into conflict twice in the first half of the 20th Century, and warns that we need to be paying careful attention to what is going on outside Europe if we are to enjoy peace in the first half of the 21st.