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What would have happened if the Serb government had accepted the Austrian ultimatum?

What would have happened if the Serb government had accepted the Austrian ultimatum in all its points? Not much. Such an acceptance would have made it absolutely impossible for the Austrians to go to war; whereupon a few Austrian officials sent to Serbia to investigate the assassination would have presented a spectacle of helplessness. The excuse that such a visit was incompatible with the Serb constitution can hardly be taken seriously; things which were still less in accordance with the constitution happened in Serbia. — Golo Mann

2 thoughts on “What would have happened if the Serb government had accepted the Austrian ultimatum?

  1. Golo Mann is my favorite historian. From Golo Mann you do not only get the facts and a plausible explanation for them, but a sense of atmosphere. I think this is because of his marvelous choice of longish quotations, flawlessly worked into his prose.
    His close study of all the original material makes the complexity and often irrationality of the historical characters motives clear. Historians like conspiracy theorists have a tendency to look at the facts and then try to find convincing motives. Unless they are genius’s, the poetry and complexity is all lost.

    What was that fantastic thing that Mann said about history not being logical or something?

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