By Geoffrey Wawro
The Austro-Hungarian military that marched east and south to confront the Russians and Serbs within the starting campaigns of global battle I had a wonderful prior yet a pitiful current. talking a mystifying array of languages and lugging superseded guns, the Austrian troops have been hopelessly unprepared for the industrialized conflict that will presently devour Europe.
As prizewinning historian Geoffrey Wawro explains in A Mad Catastrophe, the doomed Austrian conscripts have been an unlucky microcosm of the Austro-Hungarian Empire itself—both both ripe for destruction. After the assassination of the Austrian Archduke Franz Ferdinand in June 1914, Germany goaded the Empire right into a conflict with Russia and Serbia. With the Germans massing their forces within the west to have interaction the French and the British, everything—the process the struggle and the destiny of empires and alliances from Constantinople to London—hinged at the Habsburgs’ skill to overwhelm Serbia and hold the Russians at bay. in spite of the fact that, Austria-Hungary were rotting from inside of for years, hollowed out by means of repression, cynicism, and corruption on the maximum degrees. Commanded by means of a death emperor, Franz Joseph I, and a querulous big name normal, Conrad von Hötzendorf, the Austro-Hungarians controlled to bungle every thing: their ultimatum to the Serbs, their declarations of battle, their mobilization, and the pivotal battles in Galicia and Serbia. by way of the top of 1914, the Habsburg military lay in ruins and the result of the warfare appeared all yet made up our minds.
Drawing on deep archival study, Wawro charts the decline of the Empire ahead of the conflict and reconstructs the nice battles within the east and the Balkans in exciting and tragic element. A Mad Catastrophe is a riveting account of a ignored face of global struggle I, revealing how a once-mighty empire collapsed within the trenches of Serbia and the japanese entrance, altering the process ecu historical past.
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A Mad Catastrophe: The Outbreak of World War I and the Collapse of the Habsburg Empire by Geoffrey Wawro