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SERBIA – WWI: Balkán háboru térképe [Balkan War Map].



A rare folding map of Serbia and Belgrade, was printed in Budapest two days after the Austro-Hungarians declared war on Serbia, what marked the beginning of the World War I. – One of the earliest maps showing the theater of the WW I.



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The folding map embraces the area of Serbia between Belgrade and Kladovo in the north and Novi Pazar and Leskovac in the south.

The map was printed only two days after Austria-Hungary declared war to Serbia, which marked the beginning of the WW I. The tension between two countries started showing already in 1908-9, when Austria-Hungary annexed the former Ottoman territory of Bosnia and Herzegovina, and had grown during the First and Second Balkan War in 1912-1913. The war on Serbia was declared on July 28 1914, exactly a month after Gavrilo Princip, a Bosnian Serb student assassinated Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria, the heir to the Austro-Hungarian throne, in Sarajevo, Bosnia.

In 1918, Austria-Hungary lost the war and collapsed. Hungary declared itself an independent republic.

The map was made by a famous Hungarian map maker Stoits György, who was publishing city plans well into the 1950s. 

This map, printed in Budapest, was probably one of the earliest printed maps, showing the theater of the World War. 

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