7/7/1914 Count Tisza’s rearguard action

At a ministerial council meeting in Vienna Hoyos, newly returned from Berlin, presents news of Germany’s support for Austria-Hungary in a showdown with Serbia. He also reports that the Germans favour swift action.

Tisza is still wary. The Hungarian prime minister fears that war with Serbia means war with Russia and the disruption of the Austro-Hungarian empire. He is able to block an immediate surprise attack on Serbia but has to accede to the sending of an ultimatum, which will lead to war only if Serbia rejects its terms. He insists on seeing the demands being made of Serbia before they are despatched. And he makes the council agree that in the event of war there will be no annexation of Serbian territory by Austria-Hungary; instead Serbia’s losses will go to Serbia’s Balkan neighbours.

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