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124. I have been curious about the origins of world war first for a while I was familiar with the assassination of Franz Ferdinand but I didn t understand what role his death played in the unfolding warThis book goes very into details to provide a complete picture It not only explains how the archduke s death catalyzed the fall of an empire it also shows his character and personality as well as his wife Sophie and his children and grandchildrenI personally never heard anything about the archduke s personality but according to the author he has been wrongfully perceived as a vile person for a hundred years The author provides a lot of facts that show Franz Ferdinand to be a decent man that would have provide a new kind of evolved government in Europe promoting peace instead of warI understand why the author would try to clean the archduke s name but as a reader I wouldn t encourage anyone to take a side Just as this author provides facts that paint Franz Ferdinand as a good character there are books out there providing facts claiming the opposite My approach is why even uestion who he was as a person Regardless of who he was he played a huge role in the world history and the past is already written Rather enjoy the book and enjoy the history without worrying too much in who he was

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7 sh. This is a great snapshot of the life and times of the Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife Sophie Like many people I knew very little about the Archduke except that his death started WWI This book provides an in depth look at the man and woman behind this catalyst event I didn t know how much Sophie was hated and hounded by the Austrian Royal family and how rigid the King Franz Joseph was but perhaps most fascinating to me is the background of Bosnia Having lived in Sarajevo you hear much about the assassination but little about the back story ethnic tensions hatred of Austria ineptitude of local Bosnian government for securityThe writing here is tight though I will say that at times a bit detail than I needed nevertheless I had a hard time putting the book down each night because the story is so fascinatingMy only real uibble is that this book paints a very positive picture of Sophie as if she was perfect it seemed a bit one sided Perhaps she wasn t the villian portrayed by the Austrian Royal family but she wasn t a saintIn light of the 100 year anniversary of the assassination this is a great book to pick up and read to familiarize yourself with the event and the cast of players

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Ippi. We ve all heard of Archduke Franz Ferdinand whose assassination sparked the First World War But I for one knew little about him personallyThe assassination and the politics surrounding it are condensed into a few chapters The book is really the story of Franz Ferdinand and his happy marriage to Sophie who died alongside him that June day in Sarajevo one hundred years ago But what a fascinating tale it all makesNot born to be Emperor this reserved and shy man found himself suddenly heir to the Austro Hungarian crown upon the suicide of his cousin the Crown Prince Franz married Sophie for love She was aristocratic but crucially not royal The Archduke and his Countess endured years of slights and snubs from the imperial family in Vienna The couple s children were barred from the succession So strained was Franz s relationship with the old Emperor his uncle that the Archduke s children only met Franz Josef twice in their livesBut Franz Ferdinand had ideas for Austria Hungary which may have prevented the Empire s extinction after the Great War Following a visit to the USA he considered re modelling the crumbling Behemoth on federal linesKing and Woolmans have written a very readable book with useful family trees and dramatis personnae My only slight criticism is that the fairytale motif was a little overused the repeated comparisons between Franz and Sophie s love story and the Cinderella fable came to jar after a while But otherwise a great book Thought provoking too I always remember my school history teacher asking what would have happened if Gavrilo Princip had missed

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  • The Assassination of the Archduke: Sarajevo 1914 and the Murder That Changed the World
  • Greg King
  • English
  • 06 October 2017
  • 0230759572

10 thoughts on “ The Assassination of the Archduke: Sarajevo 1914 and the Murder That Changed the World

  1. says:

    I have been c

  2. says:

    This is my first book on Archduke Ferdinand, and I found it incredibly engaging. There are some books you struggle to read through, others you pick up when you have nothing else to do, and still others that remain stuck in the back of your mind so you grab for it whenever you have a free moment. This book fit the third category for me. It was clearly well researched and gave a really interesting look into not just the a

  3. says:

    This is an excellent book that fills a major gap in the story of Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife, Countess Sophie; namely, what happened to their children and grandchildren after they were assassinated. So much of their lives had been spent trying to plan for their future after the Archduke was forced to essentially disinherit their heirs from their imperial entitlements that even they could hardly have imagined how histor

  4. says:

    I'm always been fascinated by the what ifs surrounding the family of the last tsar of Russia not so much what was going on in Austria Hungary that helped precipitate the fall of the Romanovs. I decided to read this book on the strength of some of Greg King's other works, and was not disappointed. He paints a very human picture of Franz Ferdinand and Sophie and, perhaps most movingly, the struggles of their three childr

  5. says:

    This is a great snapshot of the life and times of the Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife Sophie. Like many people, I knew very little about the Archduke except that his death started WWI. This book provides an in depth look at the man and woman behind this catalyst event. I didn't know how much Sophie was hated and hounded by the Austrian Royal family and how rigid the King Franz Joseph was but perhaps most fascinating to me is the back

  6. says:

    I enjoyed this book enormously. It completed a story I had long been curious about the details of the personal relationship that helped to transform Europe at the beginning of the twentieth century, the character of the Archduke, and what happened to Sophie and Franz Ferdinand's children. The well known rock band chose th

  7. says:

    I really enjoyed this book. The fate of Archduke Franz Ferdinand is probably one of the most famous events in modern history, yet f

  8. says:

    This book looks at Archduke Franz Ferdinand, his beloved wife Sophie and their children. At times the story was so sad I wanted to cry, though it was great to hear about them. The book sheds new lights on a part of history that is well known. I would recommend this book to anyone who is interested in the late 19th or early 20th century history of Austria or Europe, or in European Royal families. Thank you to the writers for wiping away the

  9. says:

    We've all heard of Archduke Franz Ferdinand whose assassination sparked the First World War. But I for one knew little about him personally.

    The assassination, and the politics surrounding it, are condensed into a few chapters. The book is really the story of Franz Ferdinand and his happy marriage to Sophie, who died alongside him that June day in Sarajevo one hundred years ago. But what a fascinating tale it all makes.

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    While most people know that the murder of Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife Sophie in Sarajevo on 28th June 1914 was the spark that ignited the First World War, few know little or anything about the Archduke himself and the life he lived before that fateful day. As we approach the 100th anniversary of his murder this highly topical book by Greg King and Sue Woolmans provides an interesting and detailed account of t

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