Monday, July 28, 2014

Overread on the Screen above the Counter: This Day in History

July 28, 1914: Austria declares war on Serbia

Despite a further offer from British foreign secretary Edward Grey to host a peace conference, at 11 AM Austria-Hungary formally opened hostilities against its neighbor. The document pictured here is a notice that appeared in newspapers in Vienna announcing the start of war.

In response, partial mobilization began in Russia. Austria was now pressured by Germany to mobilize against Russia, so it could do likewise and appear to be acting out of defence. Even at this stage, Germany was determined to avoid giving the impression of wanting to turn a local dispute into a continental conflict.

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