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By Holger H. Herwig

ISBN-10: 1472508858

ISBN-13: 9781472508850

The nice battle toppled 4 empires, expense the realm 24 million lifeless, and sowed the seeds of one other around the globe clash twenty years later. this is often the single ebook within the English language to supply complete insurance of ways Germany and Austria-Hungary, of the main belligerents, carried out the warfare and what defeat intended to them.

This re-creation has been completely up to date all through, together with new advancements within the historiography and, particularly, addressing new paintings at the cultural historical past of the conflict. This variation additionally comprises:
New fabric at the family entrance, overlaying Austria-Hungary's inner political frictions and ethnic fissures
- extra on Austria-Hungary and Germany's place in the wider geopolitical framework
- elevated assurance of the japanese entrance

The First global warfare: Germany and Austria-Hungary, 1914-1918 deals an authoritative and well-researched survey of the position of the crucial powers that might be a useful textual content for all these learning the 1st international conflict and the improvement of contemporary battle

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Nor was any effort made to convince the Russians to stand aside in this matter. War now, better than later. Glaringly missing at the Common Council of Ministers was his Most Apostolic Majesty, Kaiser and King Franz Joseph. He had already taken the train back to Bad Ischl. Why? Countless Austrian historians have argued that the Kaiser’s absence attested to the innocence of the meeting, to the fact that nothing of importance was discussed or decided. Nothing could be farther from the truth. To be sure, there was nothing to be decided: Franz Joseph steamed off to Bad Ischl precisely because he had already made the decision to punish Serbia for the regicides days (if not hours) after the murders of Franz Ferdinand and Sophie.

The Compromise of 1867, which gave equal power to the Magyars of Hungary and the Germans of Austria, further estranged the Czechs in Prague. Radicals such as Karel Klamář and Vaclav Klofáć took up contacts with anti-Habsburg leaders in Serbia in the hopes of disrupting any future Austro-Hungarian military mobilization. Few European statesmen, beyond those in Vienna, appreciated that in 1913 Colonel Dragutin Dimitrijević, head of the Black Hand, was promoted chief of Serbian military intelligence.

Fear dominated Viennese planners: fear of Pan-Slavic nationalism; fear of losing the military advantage to Serbia, Russia and France; and fear of forfeiting Berlin’s avowed support. Planners in Vienna decided to eliminate the Serbian problem once and for all and they fully accepted the likelihood of war with Russia. Each scenario ‘gamed’ at the Ballhausplatz had one cardinal feature: Austria-Hungary had to emerge from the crisis as the dominant political force in the Balkans, supplanting Russia and keeping out Germany.

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