David James Smith - One Day in Sarajevo

One Morning in Sarajevo

The assasination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand – heir to the Austrian imperial throne – changed the world. Believing the plot to be Serbian state initiated, the Hapsburg empire unleashed its fury – leading directly to the outbreak of the First World War.

The group of young, poor Bosnian students behind the murder could not have foreseen its consequences. They set out to make a stand against opression, and avenge their beloved Serbia, but ended up shaping the course of the twentieth century.

Using new and original source material, David James Smith brilliantly reinvestigates and reconstructs the events which subsequently defined our modern history.

“David James Smith’s achievement is to contextualise the conspiracy…An informed and nuanced account” Sunday Times

“A fine piece of political and literary detective work, which held this reader enthralled” Tribune

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