Franz Ferdinand, Archduke of Austria-Este
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Franz Ferdinand, Archduke of Austria-Este

(December 18, 1863, Graz – June 28, 1914, Sarajevo [murdered]), Archduke of Austria-Este. Obligatory for archdukes, Franz Ferdinand underwent military service, soon advancing in royal succession after the suicide of Crown Prince Rudolf in 1889. Convinced that the struggle for independence of the Magyar political elites would very soon destroy the Habsburg Empire, Franz Ferdinand opposed, without compromising, every concession to Hungary. Instead, he planned a…

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Kronenbitter, Günther, “Franz Ferdinand, Archduke of Austria-Este”, in: Brill’s Digital Library of World War I. Consulted online on 17 January 2019 <>
First published online: 2015

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