Nik L Wrote:
Oct 10, 2012 7:44 AM
A critical piece is missing: the concordat between Serbia and Vatican to abrogate a centuries-long agreement between Austria and Vatican that the Kaiser had the right to name Catholic Bishops (& oversee training of priests) in Serbia, and giving that right to the Pope. This concordat, which was arranged in secret, was announced on July 24, 1914. It had Austria very riled & agitated, when, only 4 days later, the Austrian Archduke and heir to the throne Franz Ferdinand was assassinated in Sarajevo by Serbian nationalists. This what-was-perceived-in-Austria-as-a double-stroke of perfidy by Serbia contributed to Austria’s harsh demands on Serbia for satisfaction. Serbia refused to accede to all of the demands, so Austria declared war. ...