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Anniversary of Worst Royal Visit Ever (Franz Ferdinand – Sarajevo, 1914)

June 28, 2017

Was this the worst royal visit ever?



I don’t know if the band Franz Ferdinand has ever played Sarajevo.  A hard trip to insure I’d have thought.  I’ll bet the Kaiser Chiefs have stayed away as well.

The royal couple had already had a bomb thrown at them earlier that day before their eventual assassin took them out.  As it happens, the heir to the Austro-Hungarian empire was cordially hated by the elderly emperor Franz Joseph, who busied himself trying to exploit his death rather than grieve his loss.  But then royal families have never scored top marks for familial affection.

Of all the major powers in 1914, Austria was perhaps the only one that really wanted a war.  They didn’t want the kind of war they got, but they did want a punitive war against Serbia.  The death of Franz Ferdinand gave the Austrians the chance to issue an ultimatum in July to the government of…

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