First impression of the true first edition. Author's black and white photographic portrait of the author to the rear cover by Chantel Howard. Illustrated with black and white photographs. ***Near fine in duo-chrome red and black cloth-covered boards with gilt titles to black spine. Coloured map-illustrated front and rear free endpapers and pastedowns, showing the Austro-Hungarian Empire in 1914, Serbia/Bosnia, the proposed route of Archduke's motorcade route finally taken. Top edge of text-block stained red, as called for. Pages clean. No inscriptions. Boards bright. Spine tight. ***In a near fine colour-illustrated dustwrapper that has not been price-clipped, showing original publisher's price of 63s net lightly, crossed out in soft pencil (can easily be erased). Extremities of dustwrapper very slightly creased and rubbed. Small horizontal production creases in laminate to middle and bottom of spine of dustwrapper. No tears. No fading. Red dustwrapper crisp, clean and bright. 550 pages including bibliography, notes and index to rear. 230 mm x 154 mm. ***Contents: I June 28, 1914; II The Perfect Political Murder?; III The Princips of the Grahovo Valley; IV The Congress of Berlin; V The Habsburgs and the South slavs; VI The Archduke Franz Ferdinand and His Many Enemies; VII Reorganization of the Empire; VIII The Archduke Franz Ferdinand - Man of Peace or War; IX The Revival of Tyrannicide in the Habsburg Empire; Illustration Section; X Primitive Rebels of Bosnia; XI The Kosovo Tyrannicide; XII Young Bosnians in Action ;XIII The Conspirators Unify Their Efforts; XIV Princip's Luck; XV The Trial; XVI The End of Princip and his Accomplices; XVII Serbia and Sarajevo; XVIII Vienna and Sarajevo; XIX Colonel Alps and Germany; XX The Okhrana, The Bolsheviks and the Freemasons; Conclusion; Major Politcal Assassinations 1792-1914; Acknowledgments; Notes; Bibliography; Index. ***''The fiftieth anniversary of the assassination of the Archduke Franz Ferdinand has passed and gone. We all know of its consequences - the most terrible of wars, the destruction of Europe, its dynasties, its apparent 'order' and continuity. The literature on the subject is almost boundless but most often the trained historian has looked at the results of the deed that day in Sarajevo rather that its causes. It is the great strength of Vladimir Dedijer's new work that he has unique acquaintance with Serbian nationalism - the force that provided both gunpowder and spark to the European cataclysm. Coupled with an extensive knowledge of the archives of European history, Dedijer's knowledge of his native land gives him an extremely valuable insight into all the man strands of coercion, conspiracy and determination that 'the fatal shots' of 28 June 1914 brought together. The Bosnian schoolboy, Gavrilo Princip, who fired those shots is studied in close detail. Besides him, Professor Dedijer re-examines the character of the Archduke, Colonel Apis, head of the secret society, the Black Hand, and all the many European figures whose actions or lack of them were to glad to the fall of the Habsburgs and the ruin of so much else. This book explores many dark places of modern history and does so in no spirit of nationalistic bias. ***Vladimir Dedijer was born in Bosnia and during the Second World War distinguished himself as one of the leaders of the Yugoslav resistance to the Nazis. Some account of his deeds appeared in his book, The Beloved Land. For this book, he conducted research in all these places as well as Austria, France and Scandinavia.' (Quote from inside front and rear of dustwrapper blurb). ***First impression of the true first edition in its original dustwrapper - extremely hard to find, especially in such nice, bright collectable condition. Rare.