A Wrong Turn, a Holy Cause and Two Bullets: The Assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand

Friends of Padre Steve’s World

Well it has been a busy day combining my nursing duties at home with a couple of trips in to work, the last where I did my last lecture before the Gettysburg Staff Ride which I lead on Friday.

That being said, though I have some things I am working on, including a little piece about the part of health care that no-one wants to pay for, that what happens when someone is discharged from the hospital still needing a pretty significant amount of care. I can tell you about that first hand. But I digress…

Tonight since I am too tired to put anything new out I will re-post an article from about 13 months ago about the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife Sophie, an act which triggered the First World War. The assassination, an act by radical Serbian nationalists killed the only man in the Austro-Hungarian Empire who might have prevented the war, and even been favorable to the Serbs. But then such is the mindset of fanatics, and don’t we have a lot of them in our world today, including non-Moslem Americans.

So anyway, I hope you like this. Have a great night.


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“The muffled tongue of Big Ben tolled nine by the clock as the cortege left the palace, but on history’s clock it was sunset, and the sun of the old world was setting in a dying blaze of splendor never to be seen again.” Barbara Tuchman

Archduke Franz Ferdinand, the heir to the throne of the Austro-Hungarian Empire was eager to leave Sarajevo. He had opposed the empire’s annexation of Bosnia-Herzegovina when it occurred in 1908 as a “needless provocation of the South Slavs” and their Russian supporters, he knew that the action was “a diplomatic time bomb that could go off at any time.”He had come to Bosnia to help win over the loyalty of the resentful populace and in a sense to consecrate Austrian rule over Bosnia-Herzegovina.


Franz Ferdinand 

The visit included military maneuvers in the western part of the province away from Serbia to be less…

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