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For God and KaiserThe Imperial Austrian Army, 1619-1918$
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Richard Bassett

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780300178586

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300178586.001.0001

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The Kaiser’s Cuirassiers

The Kaiser’s Cuirassiers

A Dynasty Saved

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(p.11) Chapter 1 The Kaiser’s Cuirassiers
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For God and Kaiser
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Richard Bassett

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Yale University Press
DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300178586.003.0001

This chapter discusses the emergence of the Habsburg army, also known as the “Kaiserliche Armee” (Emperor's army)—a title that was fashioned in the extraordinary crisis of June 1619. Before that moment no one had thought of the Habsburgs' troops as the personal property of the sovereign. A few dramatic moments changed all that and thenceforth a bond was formed between soldier and monarch which endured for three centuries. The strength of this new relationship was quickly tested in the Thirty Years War. When that conflict threw up in the shape of Wallenstein the greatest warlord of his time, the issue of loyalty became critical. The dynasty was eventually able to rely on its soldiers to eliminate the threat. By the end of this period the Kaiserliche Armee was an undisputed reality.

Keywords:   Habsburg army, Kaiserliche Armee, Thirty Years War, Wallenstein, warlords, Austrian army

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