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Book Title: The Road to Sarajevo|
The author of the book: Vladimir Dedijer
Edition: Simon and Schuster
Date of issue: 1966
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The assassination of the Archduke Franz Ferdinand in Sarajevo on June 28, 1914, started the First World War. This cost more than ten million lives, and overthrew the four ancient and imperial dynasties - Hohenzollern, Habsburg, Ottoman and Romanov - which had ruled most of Europe. The world had not yet outlived the violence and the passions released by this fateful murder, which was itself the climax of many long generations of struggle by the Slavs of southern Europe against Austrian and Turkish tyranny.
Here is the complete and exciting story of how and why the desperate deed was done. It is told with important new material from archives opened only by the Second World War. It is a critical and scholarly survey of the enormous historical literature which has been devoted to this subject. Finally, it is told here for the first time in the context of the land and the people of Gavrilo Princip, the Bosnian schoolboy who fired the fatal shots.
Vladimir Dedijer, a Bosnian himself, has put the story together. It took years of research and detective work on official records and documents, many of which had been kept secret because of the long quarrels of scholars and politicians over the problem of guilt for the 1914-1918 war. It involved conversations with the handfuls of men and women still alive who played some part in the murder more than fifty years ago. The author has sorted out all the tangled charges of responsibility for Princip's act, and examined them for the first time against the all-important background of the history of the South Slavs.
He has written a story of political terror and of what it was that led a group of schoolboys to kill the Archduke and his wife. Here are Colonel Apis, head of the mysterious secret society called the Black Hand, and Bolsheviks like Leon Trotsky and Karl Radek, Austrian politicians, Serbian poets, the Russian Tsar, English Freemasons, anarchist émigrés living in New Jersey. All these walked some part of the road to Sarajevo which is mapped and pictured in this book.
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Read information about the authorVladimir Dedijer was born on February 4. 1914. in Belgrade, where he spent his childhood and youth. He finished elementary school, high school and journalism, and was actively involved in the workers movement. He edited several newspapers in the country.
Although not a member of any Communist Party or Communist Youth League, Dedijer worked in favor of communist propaganda. He knew the director of "Politika", Vladislav Ribnikar with whom he met Tito's arrival in Belgrade in 1941.
At the time of the rebellion he had to organize the political and propaganda work, to teach communists and work at the "Struggle" as an editor, along with Milovan Djilas. There, their great friendship started.
Vladimir Dedijer was appointed political commissar of the Kragujevac NOP Detachment. Participated in the siege of Kraljevo, in mid-October 1941, when he was wounded in the leg.
After that, he went to the Supreme Headquarters and works in agitation and propaganda department of the war.
After the war, he left to witness the founding of the United Nations in San Francisco. Upon his return, as a very educated man, he gets a place of history teaching NOB at Belgrade University. During the war, he carefully writes his diary, which he publishes after the war.
He was a representative of the Yugoslav delegation at the peace conference in Paris 1946. Upon his return, becomes the editor-in-chief of the "Struggle".
During the conflict with Stalin, he was a member of various negotiating missions. There he began to collect data for his famous work, by which he would later become known - "Contributions to the biography of Josip Broz Tito."
He was a member of the Communist Party's Central Committee since 1952, the Socialist Alliance and the federal committee since 1953. As editor of "Struggle", was accused of arranging Đilas's articles, and was brought before a party committee, then before the court in Belgrade in 1954. He was sentenced to a year and a half (suspended). Later, the court overturned that decision.
Dedijer then decided to retire from political life. He resigned his membership in the Communist Party and Socialist Alliance in August 1954.
After his political career, he began to engage in writing. He went to the U.S. the 1955 where he won the title of professor of historical sciences. Occasionally he came from America to the country in which the research for his book was to be done.
Vladimir Dedijer became a member of the Russell Tribunal, and then the president of the same court that investigated war crimes in Vietnam, human rights violations in Latin America and many others.
He actively worked in the Serbian Academy of Sciences in Belgrade. He was one of the coauthors of the textbook "History of Yugoslavia since 1918", published by the Belgrade "Nolit" in 1972.
After Tito's death, he went back to America, to Washington, where he collected materials for a biography of Tito.
In America, he worked on preparing the Russell Tribunal Court of the Jasenovac concentration camp. To this end, he returned again to Yugoslavia in 1989. and in conjunction with senior research associate Antun Miletic worked on writing a book about Jasenovac.
Towards the end of his life he turned blind, and wanted to come back and die in his country, but died suddenly of a severe heart attack on the 30th of November 1990. in Boston, where he was cremated. His urn was, with all military honors, placed besides his two tragically departed sons in Ljubljana.
As a merit in working together, Antun Miletic (after Dedijer's death) published the book "Against oblivion and taboo - Jasenovac (1941-1945), where in addition to his name, entered the name Vladimir Dedijer.
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