The Assassination of the Archduke : Sarajevo 1914 and the Romance That Changed the World

The Assassination of the Archduke : Sarajevo 1914 and the Romance That Changed the World

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In the summer of 1914, three great empires dominated Europe: Germany, Russia, and Austria-Hungary. Four years later all had vanished in the chaos of World War I. One event precipitated the conflict, and at its heart was a tragic love story. When Austrian heir Archduke Franz Ferdinand married for love against the wishes of the emperor, he and his wife Sophie were humiliated and shunned, yet they remained devoted to each other and to their children. The two bullets fired in Sarajevo not only ended their love story, but also led to war and decades of conflict. Challenging a century of myth, this moving portrait of the end of an era also offers the startling truth behind the Sarajevo assassinations--including Serbian complicity--and examines rumors of conspiracy and official negligence.--From publisher description.
Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 2013
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781250000163
Branch Call Number: 943.6044 FRANZ KING
Characteristics: xxxvii, 384 pages : illustrations, genealogical tables ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Woolmans, Sue


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Dec 31, 2019

An enjoyable and sympathetic story of the couple whose ill-advised trip to Sarajevo set off World War I, and the fate of their descendants. Too sympathetic in some ways -- The Assassination was written with the cooperation of their family, and is almost entirely told from their point of view. Aspects of their personality are softened, and the political background even more so. For example, according to the authors, rather than conspiring with the Kaiser to divide European territory, the Archduke "only" agreed that his son should rule Lorraine. Since regaining thie territory from Germany had been a priority of France's foreign policy for decades, this plan, in itself, was extremely provocative. That said, Franz Ferdinand and his Sophie deserve a three-dimensional portrait like this, rather than their usual depiction as Symbols of a Dying Era.

Jun 22, 2017

This book is extremely interesting and well written. I had never read a biography of Franz Ferdinand before and, I'm sure, this one has to be one of the best. The events were so sad for their three children who had an awfully difficult life after their parents' murder. I highly recommend this book.


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