It may not have escaped your attention that today was the hundredth anniversary of the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand by Gavrilo Princep, an act that set forth a chain of events that led to the First World War. It certainly didn’t escape the attention of Zack Twamley of the When Diplomacy Fails podcast, and he’s doing a special series of episodes over the next few days on the so-called ‘July Crisis’ – that series of diplomatic actions that filled the period between the assassination and the outbreak of war. I don’t personally have much insight to add, it’s not really an era that I know a lot about, but it’s very topical and there seems to be a lot of interesting discussion about it at the minute.
As I said in my previous review, WDF has a lot of potential but sometimes fails to live up to it. He is great however in short doses, when he isn’t getting bogged down in the detail, and has a great enthusiasm for nineteenth century and early twentieth century military and diplomatic history. These short episodes are therefore the perfect topic for this particular podcast. Zack describes it as “the most important centenary of our lifetimes” – personally, I’m not sure about that but there’s certainly a good case to be made for it and I look forward to hearing him make it.
The schedule over the next few days is:
- 27 June: introduction
- 28 June: prologue
- 29 June: reactions
- 30 June: profile- Serbia
- 4 July: profile- Austria
- 5 July: hoyos mission
and the files can be found at http://whendiplomacyfails.libsyn.com/webpage. Why not give them a go, if you haven’t already?