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The Army of Francis Joseph First Thus Edition
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The Army of Francis Joseph consists of fourteen chapters and an epilogue. The author also provides a detailed list of sources and endnotes. However, the lack of any maps, charts or photographs does not make this a "user-friendly" book. For example, while the author provides considerable data in the text on important items like Austrian military budgets, army strengths, and ethnic composition of the military, he does not compile this information into tables or charts. Thus if the reader wants to determine how Austrian military spending changed over the 19th Century or the army demographics changed, one must be prepared to flip a great many pages and keep a notepad handy. While the author's intent was an organizational study rather than a campaign history, a few maps of the main campaign areas would have been appreciated.Read more ›
those who want to understand why the hapsburgs lost three consecutive majors wars (austro-italian, austro-prussian, ww1) will also be enlightened. the hapsburg role in these three struggles makes little sense unless one understands the political role of the army, a point that rothenburg stresses. the hapsburgs were a declining power hopelessly trying to hang on to great power status and this was reflected in the army. the army's failure to modernize and to learn from past mistakes were clearly noted by rothenburg. this failure ultimately led to final defeat in ww1, after which the empire was in such disarray that it could not prevent its dismemberment at the hands of its enemies.
this book is not an account of the campaigns of the hapsburg army. it is, however, a detailed study of its operation, structure, funding, recruiting, and role in the life of the empire during its decline. i highly recommend this book for students of 19th century military history and general central european history.
I will agree with other reviewers here that the book is sadly lacking in maps and diagrams and charts, and Rothenberg neglects the economic reasons for the stagnation of the Monarchy's armies from the 1880s onward. He also gives insufficient attention to the changing demographics of the army and to the attitudes of the high command to the nationalities wearing the emperor's coat. Rothenberg hints at, but does not sufficiently expand on the despair that settled on the army's generals after 1900--- the growing conviction that dissolution and defeat were inevitable, embodied in a flurry of doomsaying books (e.g., "Unser Letzter Krieg") appearing after the Hungarian crisis of 1905. Rothenberg's account of the early years of Francis Joseph's reign needs revising in light of Alan Sked's account of nationalism and desertion rates of Hungarian and Italian troops in 1848/49. Rothenberg in general neglects the political context of the Monarchy when describing the forces shaping military decisions.
Nonetheless--- Rothenberg's book is still the best introduction to the unjustly neglected imperial-and-royal armies, and gives due credit to the tenacity of the Monarchy's forces in the Great War and the loyalty of its soldiers. Almost twenty years on, I'd still carry a copy with me everyday should I go back to the Kriegsarchiv--- there is no better introduction in English to the structure and personalities and events of the Monarchy's armies in the last seventy years of its existence.