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This, as is history's wont, a question with quite a few events leading up to it. Pan-Slavism - the ethnic element As mentioned in the comments on the OP, Pan-Nationalism was all the rage at the time. In response to the Frankfurt Assembly and the Unification of Germany some Slavs felt that their rights were in danger as a result:


This is (at least in part) caused by Britain and their balance of power strategy. The Ottoman empire was viewed somewhere between 'not a threat' yet 'integral to the balance of Europe'. A Russia that could conquer the Ottoman empire was a Russia that could take on the whole of Europe, starting with the Austrian empire and moving to the West from there. ...


His role as a general in the war afterward was remarkably incompetent. You answered your question yourself. The above description is very accurate of his entire career; remarkably incompetent. It certainly explains the points you raise: He ignored an urgent report of an assassination plot two weeks in advance. He taunted the Archduke to ignore the first ...


According to the entry concerning the Southern Slavs it is quite probable that the common language source would be due to common ancestry: The Byzantines broadly grouped the numerous Slav tribes into two groups: the Sclaveni and Antes.[8] They are both first encountered in the lower Danube region. Some, such as Bulgarian scholar Vasil Zlatarski, ...


It was simply called "Jorgina grupa" or Jorga's group in English. You can find it here here and here


So I found then answer later in the book, the regicide conspiracy was to assassinate then king Alexander of Serbia.


The "western" countries had a common fear of Russian expansion, particularly through the "straits" around Constantinople, and in the Balkans and the Middle East generally. This fear was expressed in the 1850s in the Crimean War and went back to the 18th century. Hence, they were careful not to "formally" weaken the Ottoman Empire, even while doing so, de ...


It is a complex issue, for which there is no simple answer. Yugoslavia was once described as country with two alphabets (Latin and Cyrillic), three religions (Catholic Christianity, Orthodox Christianity and Islam) and four languages (Macedonian, Slovenian, Croatian and Serbian). And you want to make a country out of that? However, given that Croats and ...

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