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Paul Brian Miller
McDaniel College (Westminster, MD 21157-4390)

Fellowships for College Teachers and Independent Scholars
Research Programs

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$50,400 (approved)
$50,400 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2009 – 12/31/2009

The Assassination of Archduke Ferdinand in History and Memory

The assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand on June 28, 1914, in Sarajevo is universally recognized as the immediate cause of the First World War, thus marking the onset of the twentieth century itself. It was also highly predictable, utterly fortuitous, and entirely disproportionate to its global cataclysmic consequences. This book project takes the Sarajevo assassination as a "site of memory" on which to explore how this contradictory past has been re-used, re-imagined and, even, re-invented through different time frames and diverse cultural, social and political contexts. By examining monuments, museums, textbooks, memoirs, anniversaries, literature, philosophy, folklore, film, theater, etc., my work seeks understanding of the larger question of how we absorb and assimilate history. This project is significant for humanistic studies on two counts: It calls forth evidence from most disciplines in the humanities; and it seeks to understand how people relate to their past.