A Mad Catastrophe

A Mad Catastrophe

The Outbreak of World War I and the Collapse of the Habsburg Empire

Book - 2014
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"The Austro-Hungarian army that marched east and south to confront the Russians and Serbs in the opening campaigns of World War I had a glorious past but a pitiful present. Speaking a mystifying array of languages and lugging outdated weapons, the Austrian troops were hopelessly unprepared for the industrialized warfare that would shortly consume Europe. As ... historian Geoffrey Wawro explains in [this book], the doomed Austrian conscripts were an unfortunate microcosm of the Austro-Hungarian Empire itself--both equally ripe for destruction"--
Publisher: New York : Basic Books, a member of the Perseus Books Group, [2014]
Description: xxiv, 440 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
ISBN: 9780465028351
Branch Call Number: 940.414 Waw


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Aug 07, 2015

This is a well-researched and beautifully-written book, covering an aspect of WWI that is sparsely observed in the literature. It describes the disintegration of the Austro-Hungarian "Imperial" army. All of the empire's weaknesses (splintered ethnicity, regional rivalry, inept funding and organization throughout the government) destroyed the effectiveness of the ill-led army and led to ruin.

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