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July 28, 1914: Austria-hungary's Calamitous Last Hurrah - Yahoo

"Vienna thought it was probable that Russia would enter the war but... it was thought that their ally Germany, either with threats or by entering the war, could keep Russia in check," Ortner said. In Berlin Kaiser Wilhelm II, grandson of Britain's Queen Victoria, had issued in early July his famous "blank cheque" saying that 83-year-old Franz Joseph could rely "in this case, as in all others, upon Germany's full support". "Berlin didn't realise what it was getting into... They thought this was just another Balkan crisis, of which there had been several. Only once it became clear that Russia was mobilising was it realised how dramatic the situation was." - Belle epoque - View gallery A woman walks past a huge photo of Russian soldiers in World War I at an exhibition in Moscow, on Ju Vienna before 1914 was a grand imperial metropolis of two million people, a city of light of technology, its crystal-mirrored cafes a haven for intellectuals, scientists, avant-garde artists and musicians. "It was a golden age of security," Austrian author Stefan Zweig would write later. "Slipping back to barbarity, to war between the peoples of Europe, was as unimaginable as witches and ghosts." The strains were already showing in an empire then encompassing 50 million people speaking a dozen languages, and even before go Franz Ferdinand was killed it was http://yutlawbreid.livejournal.com/26354.html feared that when his uncle the emperor died, so might his realm. But the global conflict that the doddering Franz Joseph -- who passed in 1916 -- unleashed from his Bad Ischl summer residence dealt an even more devastating blow to his empire than any had expected. <br>More: http://news.yahoo.com/july-28-1914-austria-hungarys-calamitous-last-hurrah-050019512.html

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