World War I Conference in Sarajevo Triggers Ethnic Tensions

World War I Conference in Sarajevo Triggers Ethnic Tensions 1

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Amir Duranovic, a doctoral student at the U. of Sarajevo and an organizer of a conference about the Great War, stands on the site where Archduke Franz Ferdinand was killed in 1914. “We wanted a conference for historians, not for Bosnia’s Serbs, Croats, and Muslims,” he says. 


This week, scholars from the United States and 25 other countries will gather in Sarajevo to mark the centennial of World War I.

Entitled "The Great War: Regional Approaches and Global Contexts," the conference is meant to expand and elevate the historical discussion about the war and its outbreak 100 years ago this month. The anniversary has been widely featured in European media.

But rather than a respectful salutation of Europe’s triumph over parochial nationalism,