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312 Countess Sophie

Countess Sophie and her husband, Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria were assassinated on June 28, 1914, lighting the match that caused the brutal fire of the Great War which began precisely one month later. Countess Sophie, though wedded to the Archduke in 1900, was never to be called queen or archduchess. However, her title eventually inflated such that by 1909, she was generally referred to as Duchess Sophie of Hohenburg. Sophie's husband never allowed her to accompany him on trips to ensure her safety. However, for their anniversary, he told her she could join him on his visit to Bosnia-Herzegovina. This is where they were both shot by Gavrilo Princip. Princip was a part of the secret Black Hand society, which was a nationalist movement that favored a union between Bosnia-Herzegovina and Serbia.

In the section of the book, the preceding paragraph discusses how Pierpont Morgan on his death bed said, “War speeds things up” (Doctorow 312). By this nobody knew what he meant. Not long after his death on March 31, 1913, the Archduke and his wife Sophie were killed, causing war. This raises the question “Did Morgan know something of this sort was going to occur?” Countess Sophie’s death is even more significant because her death, marking the start of World War I, also marked the end of Ragtime.

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Citations:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sophie,_Duchess_of_Hohenberg

http://www.firstworldwar.com/bio/princip.htm

Doctorow, E. L. Ragtime. New York: Random House Trade Paperbacks, 2007. Print

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