Brill’s Digital Library of World War I

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Concise accounts of how the war began in 1914 are frequently formulated as follows: On June 28, 1914, the heir to the Austrian throne was murdered in Sarajevo, thus leading to the outbreak of World War I. Some aspects of this formulation are wrong, others questionable; the true mistake, however, lies in the alleged causality, which is more concerned with the construction of war guilt than with any attempt to offer a historically accurate chronology and explanation. The truth is th…

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Rauchensteiner, Manfried, “Austria-Hungary”, in: Brill’s Digital Library of World War I. Consulted online on 29 February 2024 <>
First published online: 2015

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