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For God and Kaiser: The Imperial Austrian Army, 1619-1918 (vuoden 2015 painos)
Tekijä: Richard Bassett (Tekijä)
For God and Kaiser: The Imperial Austrian Army, 1619-1918 (tekijä: Richard Bassett)
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There are quite a few things that I could say about this work, but if you're looking for a history of the Austrian Empire's military from the perspective of a historian who tends to admire the House of Austria you could do much worse than this book. It is to be noted that the first half covering the Wars of Religion through the Napoleonic Era is the better half. The post-1814 portion dealing with Vienna's failures to cope with social and political change during the "long" 19th century has a certain routine quality about it, though Bassett is as dismissive of generals such as Conrad and Potiorek (the Austrian field commanders of 1914) as any other historian I've read; their failures had much to do with the Dual Monarchy ultimately having no future. ( )
A fantastically absorbing book about one of Europe's lesser-known military establishments - the Habsburg army. For 300 years the Austrian army existed not to defend a nation, because the Habsburg Empire was not a country but a hodgepodge of nationalities linked only by loyalty to the House of Habsburg. The Austrian army reflected this, soldiers owed allegiance to the Emperor and not their nationality. It was both a crippling liability when things went bad, but equally produced an army that was accounted by those who knew as one of the best in Europe. The Ottoman Turks, Frederick the Great and Napoleon all clashed with Austrian arms, and all came reluctantly to respect the power of the Double Eagle. Napoleon in particular was in no doubt that Austria was the toughest of his foes, the most intransigent and stubborn of his enemies. When the rest of Europe bar Britain, sitting impotently off the shore, fell under Napoleon's thumb, Austria alone remained defiant on the continent, arguably the proudest moment in Habsburg history. However this is not just a book about battles, as impeccably as it brings the great conflicts to life, it also about the personalities that shaped the Habsburg army, the rulers - Maria Theresa, Joseph II, Franz-Josef, and the the generals - Archduke Charles, Eugene of Savoy, Joseph Radetzky. It is also about the courage and elan of the soldiers, comprising 14 different nationalities and three religions, who unified to pull off some of the greatest military victories in European history. However, noble their history, the Austrian military was destined for decline and fall. After being demolished by the Prussians at Konniggratz in 1866, the Austrian army found itself behind the times and never able to catch up. In the end, poor leadership and unbelievable hubris from their generals threw an unprepared army into the meat-grinder of the Eastern Front, where despite fighting bravely for the most part, millions died.The end of the book is predictably sad, yet in a way uplifting, as many of the Empire's soldiers despite their nation falling apart under them, fought stubbornly to the last. In the end the Empire failed their army, not the other way round. This is a superb book, a rare example of detailed military history that is lively, absorbing and a pleasure to read. Fantastic reading, I cant recommend it any more highly.
The definitive history of Austria's multinational army and its immense role during three centuries of European military history Among the finest examples of deeply researched and colorfully written military history, Richard Bassett's For God and Kaiser is a major account of the Habsburg army told for the first time in English. Bassett shows how the Imperial Austrian Army, time and again, was a decisive factor in the story of Europe, the balance of international power, and the defense of Christendom. Moreover it was the first pan-European army made up of different nationalities and faiths, counting among its soldiers not only Christians but also Muslims and Jews. Bassett tours some of the most important campaigns and battles in modern European military history, from the seventeenth century through World War I. He details technical and social developments that coincided with the army's story and provides fascinating portraits of the great military leaders as well as noteworthy figures of lesser renown. Departing from conventional assessments of the Habsburg army as ineffective, outdated, and repeatedly inadequate, the author argues that it was a uniquely cohesive and formidable fighting force, in many respects one of the glories of the old Europe.
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Melvil Decimal System (DDC)355.0094360903Social sciences Public Administration, Military Science Military Science Biography And History Europe Germany & Central Europe
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