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Years ago The author has sorted out all the tangled charges of responsibility for Princip's act and examined them for the first time against the all important background of the history of the South SlavsHe has written a story of political terror and of what it was that led a group of schoolboys to kill the Archduke and his wife Here are Colonel Apis head of the mysterious secret society called the Black Hand and Bolsheviks like Leon Trotsky and Karl Radek Austrian politicians Serbian poets the Russian Tsar English Freemasons anarchist émigrés living in New Jersey All these walked some part of the road to Sarajevo which is mapped and pictured in this boo. Highly informative book which shows that Princip was worshiping Yugoslavia rather than Great Serbia Too pity that he is now used for current political games

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The Road to Sarajevo

The assassination of the Archduke Franz Ferdinand in Sarajevo on June 28 1914 started the First World War This cost than ten million lives and overthrew the four ancient and imperial dynasties Hohenzollern Habsburg Ottoman and Romanov which had ruled most of Europe The world had not yet outlived the violence and the passions released by this fateful murder which was itself the climax of many long generations of struggle by the Slavs of southern Europe against Austrian and Turkish tyrannyHere is the complete and exciting story of how and why the desperate deed was done It is told with important new material from archives opened only by the Second World War. This ranks with Albertini in terms of an amazing World War One origins book The only problem with this is that it is the translation of the first edition of Sarajevo 1914 from the original Serbo Croatian which appeared in 1966 In 1978 Dedijer published a second edition this time expanded to two volumes with substantial amounts of additional info It s worth learning Serbo Croatian just to read the second edition

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It is a critical and scholarly survey of the enormous historical literature which has been devoted to this subject Finally it is told here for the first time in the context of the land and the people of Gavrilo Princip the Bosnian schoolboy who fired the fatal shotsVladimir Dedijer a Bosnian himself has put the story together It took years of research and detective work on official records and documents many of which had been kept secret because of the long uarrels of scholars and politicians over the problem of guilt for the 1914 1918 war It involved conversations with the handfuls of men and women still alive who played some part in the murder than fifty. Young Serbian anarchist shoots Archduke Franz Ferdinand heir to the throne of the Austro Hungarian Empire Austria declares war on Serbia Russia declares war on Austria Germany declares war on Russia England declares war on Germany and voila a World WarWell it s a lot complicated than that as Dedijer shows First Gavrilo Princep was a Bosnian Serb so technically Austria should have declared war on her own protectorate Bosnia Hercegovina Also Franz Ferdinand had plenty of enemies and he might have been assassinated even if Princep hadn t done it Third there was a cult of the murder of tyrants in the Hapsburg Empirewhich is why the Serbs celebrate their defeat in the 14 Century their hero killed the tyrant Sultan of the Ottoman Empire Fourth the assassination was actually an accident The 6 conspirators that day had failed at their stations along the Apel uay Princeps was actually on his way home when he happened to be on the corner where the Archduke s car took a wrong turn and had to stop and go backwards to the correct route Fifth the 6 conspirators were not part of a huge conspiracy based in Serbia they pretty much worked on their own And The book is fairly academic but not so much as to be a hard read It covers over 400 pages but covers Princep s life the Archduke s hatred of almost anyone who disagreed with him or was of a lesser race and the cultural and intellectual background of the resistanceWhat I learned which I basically knew anyway was that WWI would have happened whether or not the Archduke had been assassinated Germany was itching for a war and pretty much forced Austria into declaring war on Serbia As we can now see the results were disastrous but probably fore ordained war or notA fascinating book which should be read by anyone interested in the assassination or the beginnings of WWI


4 thoughts on “The Road to Sarajevo

  1. says:

    This ranks with Albertini in terms of an amazing World War One origins book The only problem with this is that it is the translation of the first edition of Sarajevo 1914 from the original Serbo Croatian which appeared in 1966 In 1978 Dedijer published a second edition this time expanded to two volumes with substantial amounts of additional info It's worth learning Serbo Croatian just to read the second edition

  2. says:

    Young Serbian anarchist shoots Archduke Franz Ferdinand heir to the throne of the Austro Hungarian Empire Austria declares war on Serbia Russi

  3. says:

    Highly informative book which shows that Princip was worshiping Yugoslavia rather than Great Serbia Too pity that he is now used for c

  4. says:

    Very informative book making use of the archival records of the states that made up Yugoslavia as well as Austria Hungary and Germany This book gives a terrific biograpy of Princip and the other conspirators