Gavrilo Princip

Gavrilo Princip
The Assassination of Franz Ferdinand
and the start of the First World War

Gavrilo Princip PortraitThis is the first English lanaguage biography of Gavrilo Princip, the young Bosnian Serb who shot dead the Archduke Franz Ferdinand in Sarajevo in 1914, written by Peter Villiers and illustrated by Fiona Balfour (opens in a new window).

The Gavrilo Princip biography covers:

  • The age of empire: The Austro-Hungarian Empire in 1914
  • Geography, history and politics: Bosnia, Serbia and the Slavs
  • The politics of extremism: Anarchists, socialists and nationalists in the Balkans
  • The good assassin: the background, character and ambitions of Gavrilo Princip
  • Stranger than fiction: the Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife
  • The mysterious Colonel Apis and the ‘Black Hand’
  • 28 June 1914: The fatal day
  • Aftermath and trial
  • The Great War: causes, course and consequences
  • The end of Gavrilo Princip, and his legacy

This English Gavrilo Princip biography is for historians, psychologists, educational purposes, security experts–and the general reader, who is still living with the consequences.

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