THE WORLD AND THE BALKANS
GENESIS AND BEGINNING
MACEDONIA IN THE FIRST WORLD WAR 1914-1918
The assassination of the Austro-Hungarian heir, Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria and his wife Sofia in Sarajevo on June 28, 1914 is an event inscribed in world history. The impact of the news, which was spread throughout the world that summer, can be seen even today in the contents of numerous preserved authentic printed media. On July 28, 1914, the assassination, which was historically defined as a casus belli, officialized the beginning of the biggest imperialist war up to that time – The First World War 1914-1918. However, the real indicators that triggered the war were multifaceted going several decades back, to the XIX century. The most prevalent theses in the world are that it was due to the accentuated imperialism, nationalism, militarism, industrialization, as well as the antagonism of the military alliances united in the Central Powers and the Entente, that is, the spheres of interest of the Great Powers projected both globally and regionally in the Balkans.