Cover Osteuropa 2-4/2014

In Osteuropa 2-4/2014

Warmonger Serbia?
The Southern Slavs and the First World War: A Rectification

Marie-Janine Calic

Deutsche Fassung


Even 100 years after the First World War, the question of the causes and the search for the guilty parties still continues. More recently, Serbia has once again been saddled with great responsibility. This is untenable. Serbian military intelligence may have equipped the assassins of Sarajevo. But the Serbian government knew nothing about it. The assassins were also not guided by plans of a Greater Serbia, but were outraged by the Habsburg monarchy’s repression. After the assassination, Belgrad complied to a great extent with Vienna’s demands. But the decision to use the assassination as an opportunity to go to war against Serbia had already been made.

(Osteuropa 2-4/2014, pp. 43–58)