Currently I'm reading John Cornwell's Hitler's Pope: The Secret History of Pius XII
(picked the wrong book up at the library, but still decided to give it a read), and have some questions concerning the assassination of Franz Ferdinand. Last semester during my history class, I asked my professor why a Serb would want to kill the Austrian Archduke. She stated it had to do with Serbia's desire to have part of the country touching a large body of water. After reading a chapter in Mr. Cornwell's book, I read of a concordat made between the Vatican and I believe Austria (to be honest, I found the chapter rather difficult to read, since it appears Mr. Cornwell relies,I believe, on the reader's knowledge of certain major events during this time in Serbia which I'm unfimiliar with) that seems to state a different reason for Ferdinand's assissination (perhaps for Austria to allow Catholic missionaries into Serbia for pro-Vatican relations with Austria). I hope this doesn't break any forum rules, since this does have to do with politics (though, not American). Here are my questions:
1)Why was Ferdinand assissinated by a Serb?
2)Is anyone familiar with the concordat I've stated above (please correct my errors where needed), and what exactly this agreement was all about?
3)If you have read Mr. Cornwell's book, is it a reliable source?
4)To go with question 3, there is a title called "Friend of Croatia", and I was also wondering if what is written within this chapter is also reliable (in particular, the slaughter of 100,000s of Serbian Orthodox Christians at this time)?
For all those of Eastern European decent, I apolgize for my lack of knowledge of Eastern European history, and I hope not to stir-up a political thread outside the questions I"ve stated.