War becomes inevitable | 27 July 1914

Serbia As the Army continues to mobilise, telegrams continue arriving from Russia. The latest report is that Russia plans “immediately to commence an energetic offensive Continue reading War becomes inevitable | 27 July 1914

Ultimatum to Serbia | 23 July 1914

The gathering storm is about to break. Today is the day of the ultimatum, the day when the July Crisis changes from being any old Continue reading Ultimatum to Serbia | 23 July 1914

France and Serbia | 22 July 1914

President Poincare continues with his helpful contributions to peace and diplomacy, and Count Berchtold finally gets round to showing his German allies the content of Continue reading France and Serbia | 22 July 1914

Franco-Russian summit | 21 July

The German government singularly fails at acting like a mass of brutally efficient Teutons, bent on war at all costs. Meanwhile, President Poincare does his Continue reading Franco-Russian summit | 21 July

Leaking from the top | 14 July 1914

Today is a day of men sitting behind desks or around tables, considering the situation. The German Army is reassured that the French are in Continue reading Leaking from the top | 14 July 1914

Secrecy | Death of Hartwig | 10 Jul 1914

Holy hell, is there ever a lot of secrecy going round at the moment. We’ll take a look at one of its major manifestations, and Continue reading Secrecy | Death of Hartwig | 10 Jul 1914

The Joint Ministerial Council | 07 Jul 1914

A meeting of Austria-Hungary’s Joint Ministerial Council sees extensive debate on how they should proceed, now that they have the blank cheque secured. Count Tisza Continue reading The Joint Ministerial Council | 07 Jul 1914

Austria-Hungary and Germany | 04 Jul 1914

In Vienna, imperial foreign minister Count Berchtold and Hungarian Prime Minister Count Tisza have not been able to agree on much. Count Hoyos The one Continue reading Austria-Hungary and Germany | 04 Jul 1914

Balkan diplomacy | 02 Jul 1914

The crisis continues to rumble nastily. First, to Vienna; then, into the recent past. Count Berchtold There is one thing that everyone in Vienna agrees Continue reading Balkan diplomacy | 02 Jul 1914

The Black Hand | 01 Jul 1915

The police investigation into the assassination of Franz Ferdinand is blown wide open. The July Crisis is well and truly underway. Danilo Ilic They’ve managed Continue reading The Black Hand | 01 Jul 1915

Count Berchtold | 30 Jun 1914

Having yesterday looked at the most important Serbian figure of the crisis, prime minister Nikola Pasic, today we’ll head to Vienna and do the same Continue reading Count Berchtold | 30 Jun 1914