The assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand in Sarajevo, by terrorist Gavrilo Princip, decreed the end of the fragile balance of the belle epoque and the beginning of the diplomatic crisis that would lead to the outbreak of war.
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The gun (model Browning 910) used on June 28th, 1914, to kill the archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria (1863-1914) during his visit to Sarajevo was wielded by a young radical nationalist. Gavrilo Princip (1894-1918).
Franz Joseph I (1830-1916) was Emperor of Austria and King of Hungary from 1848 until his death. A ruler among the longest in history, widely loved by his subjects, but also hated by those who, for various reasons, considered the Austro-Hungarian Empire a state out of time. “Out of times” was also his sovereign: traditionalist and tied to the past, Franz Joseph disliked the “new technologies”; he detested the use and the sound of the phone, preferred the horse to the car and the tub to the...