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Да ли је Аписово писмо поуздан историјски извор?
Is Apis’s Letter a Reliable Historical Source?

Author(s): Miroslav Perišić
Subject(s): Social history, International relations/trade, Pre-WW I & WW I (1900 -1919), Peace and Conflict Studies
Published by: Institut za noviju istoriju Srbije
Keywords: Dragutin Dimitrijević Apis; Salonika trial; the Sarajevo assassination attempt; V. A. Artamonov; Aleksandar Karađorđević; Serbian government; Austria–Hungary; separate peace;
Summary/Abstract: The paper analyses the reliability of the letter of Dragutin Dimitrijević (known as Apis) to Aleksandar Karađorđević and the Supreme Officers’ court which he wrote from prison in 1917. In that letter, Apis claimed that he himself had organized the attempt to assassinate Franz Ferdinand in Sarajevo on June 28, 1914. There are many circumstances which raise doubts about reliability of this Apis’s statement, the most important being the following: the letter was written by a prisoner in a special psychological state, while the current foreign policy situation demanded from the Serbian government to find the person responsible for the Sarajevo assassination attempt in order to satisfy Austria–Hungary in case there were negotiations on separate peace.

  • Page Range: 65-84
  • Page Count: 20
  • Publication Year: 2017
  • Language: Serbian