Kaiser Wilhelm II distributing iron crosses on the Western Front in the first World War in 1916. Only days before the outbreak of the war in 1914, Serbs hoped a conflict could be averted. Photograph: PA

TODAY’S SITUATION Yesterday was one of Belgrade’s most interesting and important days. The situation was very serious but Belgrade stayed dignified, c(...)

Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife Sophie leave Sarajevo City Hall on June 28th, 1914, the day of their assassination. Russia’s ambassador to Serbia, moments before his own sudden death, denied that he had responded to the archduke’s murder with other than deference and decorousness. Photograph: JU Sarajevo Museum/Handout via Reuters

Herr v Hartwig has died suddenly. Friends warned him against continuing a lifestyle that could only end in an early death. He had a disposition to ob(...)

 The French statesman, Georges Clemenceau (1841–1929) circa 1919. Photograph: Hulton Archive/Getty Images

The Repercussions... The bomb and revolver shots of Sarajevo could not have reverberated more cruelly through the entire expanse of the Empire. When m(...)

Instruments of prisoner torture in a prison room in Zenica, Bosnia, where members of Mlada Bosna (Young Bosnia) served their sentences for the 1914 assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand. A Serbia newspaper said of the assassins after their arrest: ‘Now those faces are in a dungeon, and even paler under torture. But their mouths have said nothing.’ Photograph: Dado Ruvic/Reuters

Eleven days after Franz Ferdinand was assassinated, Serbs received news about the fate of his alleged killers.– Daniel McLaughlinIn a Sarajevo Dungeon(...)

The bloodstained undershirt worn by Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria at the time of  his assassination on June 28th, 1914, in Sarajevo,  on display at the museum of military history in Vienna. Photograph:  Heinz-Peter Bader/Reuters

MEASURES TAKEN BY THE AUSTRIAN GOVERNMENT AGAINST SERBIAN IRREDENTISM IN BOSNIA Vienna: Just after 11 o’clock yesterday morning, the [Austrian] cabine(...)

Britain’s Prince Albert with Alexander, crown prince of Serbia, in London on 1916, two years after the beginning of the first World War. British newspapers did not immediately appreciate the significance of the murder of Archduke Franz Ferdinand in Sarajevo in June 1914. Photograph: PA

Archival series: The significance of the events in Sarajevo that were soon to plunge the world into war had still not permeated to British newspapers (...)

Austro-Hungarian archduke Franz Ferdinand leaves a train a day before his assassination in Sarajevo. Photograph: Courtesy of the  Sarajevo Museum.

Archival series: As the shock of the Sarajevo assassinations spread, the leading liberal Berliner Tageblatt warned of serious consequences if national(...)

Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife Sophie travel in a car seconds before their assassination in Sarajevo on June 28th, 1914. Russian media accused Ayustria of discriminating against the Serbs and stoking tensions that culminated in the assassinations. Photograph: JU Sarajevo Museum / handout via Reuters

Murder of the Austrian Crown Prince It is said that when the aide-de-camp told the monarch about the catastrophe, Emperor Franz Josef turned extremely(...)

Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife Sophie leave Sarajevo City Hall on June 28th, 1914, the day of their assassination. Four days later the Turin correspondent of Italian daily La Stampa referred to fears in Serbia that Germany could attack their country in response to the murders. Photograph: JU Sarajevo Museum)/handout via Reuters

AFTER THE SARAJEVO TRAGEDY Anti-Serb demonstrations have now spread [from Sarajevo] to Mostar. As a Croat man was going into a shop in Mostar o(...)

A woman photographs a portrait of Serbian secessionist Gavrilo Princip, the assassin of Austrian Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife, Duchess Sophie, in a gallery  in Visegrad, Bosnia and Herzegovina. Photograph: Sean Gallup/Getty Images

Below is the first of a daily article from the archives of European newspapers, which, over the next month, will illustrate the unfolding diplomati(...)