Who the Hell is Gavrilo Princip?
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  • Tom

    This is ridiculous. Serbia lost between 1/10 and 1/5 of its population because this guy gave Germany and Austria-Hungary the excuse they needed to light Europe on fire by killing the more progressive heir to the Austro-Hungarian throne.
    And they’re building a statue to him?

    • FreeRider

      Yes, but it doesn’t had efect, Franz Ferdinand was a tiny figure, he was “only third in line to the throne” and that political murder was just an excuse as you said, Germany and “K und K” monarchy (aka Austro/Hungary) had a plan to take whole Balcan peninsula as their own colony and to start a Great war, no one couldn’t stopped them in that. Serbia was first on strike and SERBIA WON although with great sacrifice…

    • Jim__L

      “More progressive” than Franz Josef, who as an 18 year old supported the suppression of the uprisings of 1848? Isn’t that setting the bar a little low?

    • Kavanna

      That’s the most appalling thing. Franz Ferdinand went out of his way to marry a Czech and to redesign the Dual Monarchy into a triple monarchy, with a Slavic piece. Princip targeted him specifically to destroy any possibility of peacefully reforming the Austro-Hungarian empire.

      And Serbia suffered horribly in both world wars, the worst of any country. Only Poland in WWII fared in a similar way. And with Hitler, an Austrian German, the Slavs acquired a genocidal enemy.

  • michaelj68

    Way to go Serbia for honoring the terrorist who lite the fire that destroyed Europe.

  • dfooter

    Some countries, like some problem children, never learn and never grow up.

  • Lyle7

    We’ve got statues for Robert E. Lee and company. And some of our native American brothers and sisters can’t stand the Lincoln memorial. Just to name a few our own cultural icons who as human beings were less than perfect.

    • Kavanna

      Yes, but Lee made a point of freeing his slaves at the start of the Civil War. He viewed states’ rights as a point of honor.

  • Corlyss

    I don’t understand the high dudgeon. He was obviously making a political statement for Serbian independence. He wasn’t wrong. Just premature. I don’t understand why he should shoulder the blame for all the complex consequential balance-of-power arrangements that others elected to erect to protect themselves. It was normal contemporary political behavior, what nations had been trained to do since the Reformation. It’s unlikely that such a house of cards would have survived long without some spark to burn it all down. Europeans used to love fratricidal wars just as a matter of course. Now, instead, they love toxic welfare states and still envy German successful industry. How you all think that’s gonna work out?

    • Asmund Hairy-Arse

      Serbia was independent in 1914. But the Serbs wanted Bosnia, which was an Austrian possession.

      • Kavanna

        And they wanted to drag Russia into a confrontation with Austria-Hungary. Read Rebecca West’s classic Black Lamb and Grey Falcon — and she was sympathetic to the Serbs. But she doesn’t whitewash what happened in 1914.

        What turned it into a general war was the German general staff’s determination to use the occasion to pursue their own goals of destroying a rising Russia and humiliate France.

  • TommyTwo

    I can’t imagine why the name Ahn Jung-geun comes to mind.

    “it is notable that a country that only very recently joined formal talks to join the European Union is celebrating a figure who is so closely associated with the continent’s utter destruction”

    This goes to show the importance of branding: “European Union” sounds so much better than “Austro-Hungarian Empire.” (Not that branding is a modern invention; see “Holy Roman Empire.”)

    • FreeRider

      TommyTwo, “United States of Europe” sounds much more better that that “brand” that you mentioned. 😉 😀

      • TommyTwo

        Yes, but then there’d be mass demonstrations throughout Europe by people demanding that they be sent home. 🙂

    • Kavanna

      Neither holy, nor Roman, nor an empire.

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