I HAVE started reading The Trigger, by former Daily Telegraph journalist Tim Butcher. It is about Gavrilo Princip, the man who shot and killed Archduke Franz Ferdinand, the heir to the Austria-Hungary empire, in Sarajevo in June 1914.
The assassination precipitated the events that led to World War One.
Butcher also ties in his own experiences as a war reporter covering the conflict in the Balkans after the collapse of Yugoslavia.
I’ve only read the first two chapters, but already the mix of nationalism and radicalisation that Butcher writes about echoes today’s conflict, tension and violence in Eastern Europe and the Middle East.
It just goes to show that the past is never over, and the First World War is still shaping the modern world that it forged.