Serbian Blue Book

The Serbian Blue Book is a collection of 52 Serbian diplomatic documents regarding events between 29 June and 6 August 1914, a period including the aftermath of the assassination of Archduke Ferdinand (the July Crisis) and the beginning of World War I, published by the Government of the Kingdom of Serbia on 18 November 1914. It includes correspondence between Serbian ministers and diplomats, Serbia and Russia (including royal), Austria-Hungary, and Germany. It was published in French translation in 1914,[1] and English translation by the British Foreign Office in Collected Diplomatic Documents Relating to the Outbreak of the European War,[2] and also American Association for International Conciliation, in 1915.[3]

Chapter VI in Collected Diplomatic Documents Relating to the Outbreak of the European War (1915), the English translation of the "Serbian Blue Book".

After the war, the Allied Commission used the book along with other diplomatic document collections to conclude the responsibility of the Central Powers in the war.[4] According to Joseph Ward Swain, the 'purpose of the Serbian blue book was to show the aggressive spirit of the Austrians'.[5]

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  1. ^ Gordon Martel (26 June 2014). The Month that Changed the World: July 1914 and WWI. OUP Oxford. pp. 458–. ISBN 978-0-19-164328-6.
  2. ^ The Serbian Blue Book 1915.
  3. ^ New York Public Library (1917). Bulletin of the New York Public Library, Astor, Lenox and Tilden Foundations. New York Public Library.
  4. ^ Annika Mombauer (2002). The Origins of the First World War: Controversies and Consensus. Longman. pp. 40–41. ISBN 978-0-582-41872-1.
  5. ^ Joseph Ward Swain (1933). Beginning the twentieth century: a history of the generation that made the war. W.W. Norton & Company, Inc.