Dedijer, Vladimir
July 1964
Foreign Affairs;Jul1964, Vol. 42 Issue 4, p569
Academic Journal
The article discusses the complexities and political debates aroused after the assassination of the Archduke Franz Ferdinand at Sarajevo in Bosnia in June 1914. The least elaborated side of the Sarajevo story deals with the assassins themselves: their psychological and intellectual characteristics, the social and political milieu in which they grew up, the interrelations between their political and personal motives, and the relations of the secret Bosnian societies with other secret societies among the South Slavs. Mystification over the Sarajevo assassination has arisen primarily in connection with the issue of the responsibility for the First World War. At the very beginning of hostilities, Germany, Austria and Hungary claimed that the war's crucial cause was the Sarajevo murder. In trying to establish Serbia's role in instigating the crime, they inculpate her allies like Russia, Britain and France. Russia has been named an instigator because in 1914 she was Serbia's most trusted ally. Some claimed it was her policy to provoke a war to take revenge for the humiliation she suffered at the hands of Austria and Hungary in 1909 and 1913.


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