Haymerle`s Project of Secret Convention of 1881 Cover Image

Хајмерлеов пројекат Тајне конвенције из 1881. године
Haymerle`s Project of Secret Convention of 1881

Author(s): Sara Samardžić, Momir Samardžić
Subject(s): History
Published by: Istorijski institut, Beograd
Keywords: Austria-Hungary; Serbia; Heinrich von Haymerle; foreign policy; Secret convention; 1881

Summary/Abstract: Secret convention of 1881, treaty that marked the moment of formal entrance of Serbia in Austro-Hungarian sphere of influence, represents one of the most important and the most interesting documents from the time of the reign of Prince/King Milan Obrenović. In this paper we bring one version of the possible treaty with Serbia – the project of Austro-Hungarian minister of foreign affairs baron Heinrich von Haymerle, and we point out the most important differences between the project and the signed text of the convention. In short, we can summarize them on several points: instead of formal obligation to protect the dynasty from the outside and to support the proclamation of kingdom and territorial aspirations towards the south, in one moment of his preparations for negotiations with Serbia, Haymerle was ready to pay for the acceptance of Serbia to adjust its foreign political priorities by promising Austro-Hungarian armed protection of Serbian dynasty from the opponents of such policy within the country, support for the proclamation of kingdom, prevention of creation of state on the Balkans that might represent danger for state and national interests of Serbia (Great Bulgaria), military support in case of attack from the Ottoman empire or Bulgaria, diplomatic support in case of territorial acquisitions towards south and status quo ante in case of failure, as well as territorial compensation in case of annexation of Bosnia and Herzegovina by Austria-Hungary.

  • Issue Year: 2011
  • Issue No: 32
  • Page Range: 451-471
  • Page Count: 21
  • Language: Serbian