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Serbia and the Balkan Front, 1914


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1. A Sunday in Sarajevo 2. A Third Balkan War? 3. Parallel Structures and Hostile Neighbors 4. "A Peasant Mob" 5. The Guns of July 6. Lightening on Mount Cer 7. The Battle on the Drina, Invasion of Srem, and Mackov Kamen 8. Defeat and Hemorrhage 9.The Battle on the Kolubara 10. One Man's Triumph, Another Man's Victory 11. The Aftermath Bibliography Index

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A military, social and diplomatic history of the events leading to the outbreak of the Great War on the Balkan Front using original Austrian, Bosnian and Serbian archive material.

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James Lyon is an Associate Researcher at the University of Graz, Austria. He has a PhD in History from the University of California, Los Angeles, USA and has published extensively on the history of the Balkans. He founded the Foundation for the Preservation of Historical Heritage, which is working to digitalize rare document collections in leading Balkan cultural institutions.


A century on, Serbia and the Balkan Front stands alongside Glenn E. Torrey's research on Romania as a vital and long-overdue contribution to the conflict's historical reassessment. * European History Quarterly *
None will cover the Serbian campaigns of 1914 in as much detail as Serbia and the Balkan Front. * British Journal for Military History *
In the flood of historical literature brought to market for the centenary of the First World War, this book stands as a unique and significant contribution. In contrast to most other histories of the war, which either ignore the Balkan front altogether or else base their accounts of it on German-language sources reflecting the sensibilities of Serbia's opponents, Lyon's work is grounded in extensive research in Serbian archives. He provides perhaps the most accurate assessment yet published in the English language of the mentality and actions of Serbia's leaders in 1914, as they alternately rode and reined in the passions of Serbian nationalism in the wake of their country's spectacular successes in the Balkan Wars. * Lawrence Sondhaus, Professor of History, University of Indianapolis, USA *
This well-written, thoroughly researched and vivid account juxtaposes the heroism of common soldiers on both sides with the disconcerting mix of knaves, fools and fanatics who sent them all to hell in 1914. It also underscores the catastrophic failure of Habsburg generalship to preserve the great society with which it had been entrusted. * Charles Ingrao, Professor of History, Purdue University, USA *

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