Belgrade during the Great War

The City through the Eyes of Those Who Lived In It 1914-18

Miloš Brun

A unique account of the Great War as experienced by the ordinary people of Belgrade - a true gem for scholars and history enthusiasts alike.
Date Published :
March 2019
Publisher :
Helion and Company
Illustration :
1 b/w map, 20 b/w photos
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ISBN : 9781912390632
Pages : 112
Dimensions : 9 X 6 inches


The assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand in Sarajevo precipitated the road to war in 1914 but the very first shots of the Great War were fired in Belgrade. From 1914 to 1918 the city where the war began viscerally experienced the chaotic buildup of hostilities, the full brunt of the war itself and the hardships of occupation.

This book provides a highly detailed account of the war as experienced by the ordinary people of this aspiring European capital. It explores how various aspects of these calamitous times were felt on the city’s streets, in its saloons and markets, as well as how it was reported by local newspapers of the day. The social and cultural history of Serbia during this period has largely been bypassed by both local and international authors, forming a gap in the understanding of a period of history that is otherwise studied in great detail, both by academics and a broader public.

Miloš Brun has compiled a treasure trove of detailed information that deserves to take its rightful place in the mosaic of knowledge about the Great War and the role played in it by the Serbian capital.

Brun could not have compiled such a detail-rich account without much previously unseen or underutilized material, including newspaper accounts, diaries and letters. The wealth of material and the subject matter itself combine to form a unique account of the Great War in an area neglected by English language authors and a true gem for scholars and history enthusiasts looking to complete their understanding of the war and its impact on ordinary lives.

About The Author

Miloš Brun read history at Belgrade University where he developed his interest in the 19th and 20th century history of Belgrade and his passion for researching this era. He has since worked as a journalist for a popular sports daily and as the director of Serbia’s largest student magazine. He now works at the National Library of Serbia, as president of The Survival Initiative, a non- governmental organization promoting culture and European Values and as an author exploring the 20th century history of Belgrade.

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