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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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Biedermeier, Vormärz and Radetzky

Biedermeier, Vormärz and Radetzky

(p.291) Chapter 13 Biedermeier, Vormärz and Radetzky
For God and Kaiser

Richard Bassett

Yale University Press

This chapter describes events following the defeat of Napoleon. For the army the long peace of the 1830s meant that uniforms became reflective of prestige. In common with the British army at this time, the Austrian army adopted the new fashion of higher collars and headdresses. On the political level, the “Holy alliance” between Russia, Austria, and Prussia, established by Metternich, kept the peace of Europe, extinguishing any “progressive” legacy of the shattering events of the last two decades. The chapter discusses Metternich's conscription policy; the build-up to the revolutions of 1848 known as Vormärz (pre-March); the Hungarian crisis and the new Emperor Ferdinand; and the emergence of three distinguished soldiers who would ensure the survival of the House of Austria: Field Marshal Johann Josef Wenzel, Count Radetzky von Radec, Prince Windischgrätz, and Josef Jellači ć von Buzim.

Keywords:   Austrian army, Napoleon, Russia, Prussia, Metternich, Vormärz, Emperor Ferdinand, Johann Josef Wenzel, Prince Windischgrätz, Josef Jellači ć von Buzim

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