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The shots heard round the world.

One hundred years ago today, an age came to an end and a terrible war was spawned. On June 28, 1914, 20-year-old Gavrilo Princip assassinated Archduke Ferdinand and his wife, Duchess of Hohenberg Sophie, in the city of Sarajevo. This triggered a diplomatic crisis which metastasized into the first World War.
posted by doctornemo on Jun 28, 2014 - 70 comments

WWI in Color

World War I in Color is a documentary designed to make the Great War come alive for a 21st-century audience. The events of 1914-18 are authoritatively narrated by Kenneth Branagh, who presents the military and political overview, while interviews with historians add different perspectives in six 48 minute installments annotated within. [more inside]
posted by Blasdelb on Oct 31, 2013 - 60 comments

... not a circus act

Archduke Franz Ferdinand And His Astounding Death Car
posted by the man of twists and turns on Jun 7, 2013 - 24 comments

urban skiing

Urban skiing, courtesy of Finnish crew Nipwitz. Like skate videos with snow, ambient soundtrack, and a pinch of travelogue. Here is Murmanst Oblast and Sarajevo.
posted by oneirodynia on Jul 27, 2012 - 13 comments

Survivors of a nightmare with no reckoning

11541 Red Chairs each representing a life lost during the siege of Sarajevo between 1992 and 1996 which started 20 years ago this weekend.
Bosnia's victims 20 years on: survivors of a nightmare with no reckoning, by Ed Vulliamy.
Emma Daly, then a journalist recalls “We were reporting, reporting, reporting. And it took so long for anyone to react,”. [more inside]
posted by adamvasco on Apr 8, 2012 - 26 comments

The shot that nearly killed me.

In pictures: the life of a war photographer (There are some graphic images in here; not for the squeamish, though for most would be SFW for most workplaces).
posted by smoke on Jul 6, 2011 - 11 comments

Siege mentality

Sarajevo Survival Tools is a virtual exhibition of the objects created and used by the citizens of Sarajevo during the three and half years the city was under siege. Highlights include a home-made gun, watering can and water cart. Intro in the Guardian - Welcome to Sarajevo's designs for survival
posted by fearfulsymmetry on Mar 3, 2011 - 17 comments

Fuck the Past, Kiss the Future!

In 1993, after aid worker Bill Carter told them about the situation in Sarajevo, U2 wanted to play a concert there, but realized it would be impractical and dangerous for both the band and the people of Sarajevo. But Bono promised that U2 would play the city one day. (He also set up a satellite link to Sarajevo in the middle of Zooropa concerts.) On September 23, 1997, a year after the official end of the siege, U2 kept that promise. [more inside]
posted by kmz on Feb 12, 2011 - 49 comments

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