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The Assassination that Sparked World War I

Headline in a Hungarian newspaper announcing the assassination
The Assassination that Sparked World War I

A blow-by-blow account of those two shots that changed the history, not only of Hungary but also of Europe – and even of the world! – in a remote corner of the Balkans. 

 

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Erika Papp Faber

World War I:  the Ministerial Council

Count István Tisza
World War I: the Ministerial Council

Before starting to present the background of how Hungary became involved in World War I,  I must emphasize that there are libraries full of material, detailing all the diplomatic finagling that went on behind the scenes before the actual declaration of war at the end of July 1914. It is next to impossible to sift  through all the diplomatic notes, memoranda, letters and messages exchanged among the Austro-Hungarian, German, British and Russian diplomats and heads of state, and to reduce this overwhelming wealth of information to an understandable report of the most basic facts. So I beg the reader’s patience and understanding for the complicated task I have undertaken. Thank you!

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Erika Papp Faber