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HOLDING THEIR BREATH

Another tense day of indecision. Who will make the next move? Special to the Great War Project (29 July) Leaders in Vienna now turn their attention eastward, to Russia. Will Russia intervene to save Serbia if it looks like Austria-Hungary will destroy Serbia? Leaders in Vienna are watching Russia “partially” mobilize its military forces. The…

VIENNA AND BERLIN FEAR PEACE IS AT HAND

Preparations for war on all sides “purely precautionary.” Special to The Great War Project (27 July) On this Monday, Europe is growing tense. Many are beginning to wonder, what will happen next? It’s nearly two days since Vienna’s ultimatum to Serbia, and nearly nothing is happening. (A flurry of meetings is taking place.) The Russian…

BRITAIN CALLS FOR A PEACE CONFERENCE

Bring all the powers together. It worked before. Special to The Great War Project (26 July) With Austria-Hungary’s ultimatum to Serbia now expired, and Belgrade’s unwillingness to accept all its demands, many expect war to break out on this day a century ago. It does not. British leaders especially do not believe war is inevitable.…

THE LOGIC FOR WAR

Preparations for conflict spread across Europe Special to The Great War Project (24 July) It is a Friday morning, and by 10 a.m. all the big powers in Europe are notified of Austria-Hungary’s ultimatum to Serbia. But why is this a matter that should worry Europe’s powers? After all, it is an ultimatum delivered by…

ULTIMATUM FROM VIENNA

Europe on the edge makes war all but inevitable (23 July) The diplomatic maneuvering after the assassination of the Austro-Hungarian Archduke on June 28, 1914 occurs in secret. Europeans for the most part are blissfully unaware of the danger lurking behind closed doors. Even a high level government figure like David Lloyd George, then the…