The Assassination in Sarajevo is a consequence, not the cause

25. May 2014.

Miroslav Perišić

Head of the History Department of the Andrić Institute, Miroslav Perišić, said today in Andrićgrad that the Assassination in Sarajevo is a part of history of Bosnia and Herzegovina and the consequences of what preceded, and not the cause of what happened afterwards.

Perišić, in the Andrić Institute, at the presentation of the fifth issue of “Historical Notebooks”, said that present literature about the First World War appears not to be interested in examining the question of responsibility for the murder of Franz Ferdinand.

He explained that some of the historians believe that the assassination in Sarajevo was an act of official former Serbia, however this belief is not based on a proper documents.

“The more numerous are historians who believe that the assassination in Sarajevo was ‘a trigger for the war’ meaning that it was a cause which the Austria-Hungary and Germany welcomed for the decision, which in war circles of Vienna and Berlin grew desire,” said Perišić.

According to him, in one part of historiography has been presented reasonable doubts that the preparation of the assassination of Ferdinand in Sarajevo was known in some official circles of Vienna and Budapest.

He believes that the Assassination in Sarajevo is not investigated enough because many officials of the government were aware of its preparation, and security structures made Ferdinand sojourn in Sarajevo unsafe.

“Some historians believe that the true perpetrators of the assassination of Ferdinand were from certain circles in Vienna and Budapest that acted through its agents in the South Slavic region,” said Perišić.

According to him, on the path of open issues there is an original document from December 23rd, 1913 preserved in the Archives of Serbia, which contains the fact that an information came to Vienna from Sarajevo about the preparation of the assassination.

“Serbian diplomatic representative, Jovan Jovanović, reported in Belgrade in December 1913 that Vienna received an information from the ‘Provincial Governor’ in Sarajevo about a preparation for assassination of a number of Austro-Hungarian officials,” said Perišić, who is also the director of the Archives of Serbia and a member of the editorial board of “Historical Notebooks”.


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