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Killings Shaped Serbia and Also Roiled Europe

From Napoleonic times to World War I to the recent years of Yugoslavia’s collapse, assassinations like yesterday’s killing of Prime Minister Zoran Djindjic have profoundly shaped Serbia’s political life and at times thrown Europe into conflict and turmoil. The most explosive of these political murders occurred on June 28, 1914, when Gavrilo Princip, an ardent Serbian nationalist, shot and killed Archduke Francis Ferdinand and his consort as the Hapsburg pair were driven through Sarajevo. The act ignited World War I, four years of bitter fighting that resulted in the collapse of empires ruled from Moscow, Istanbul, Vienna and Berlin, and in a redrawn map of Europe that included the new state of Yugoslavia. Full Story

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