Bastille Day, 1914

The last July 14 before the world changed:


Bastille Day celebration in Montmarte, July 14, 1914.

On the following day, July 15, French President Raymond Poincaré and Prime Minister René Viviani will depart for Russia to discuss the growing Balkan situation.

There is still no sense of urgency. Only on July 16 will the Italian and Russian ambassadors in Vienna warn the Russian government in St. Petersburg that Austria is considering decisive action against the Serbs.

Word of the planned Austrian action against Serbia then immediately hits the diplomatic circuit and within hours the British first become aware that something is up in Austria.



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