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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 Army and the July Crisis

The Army and the July Crisis

(p.434) Chapter 21 The Army and the July Crisis
For God and Kaiser

Richard Bassett

Yale University Press

This chapter discusses the role of the Habsburg army in the July crisis. It argues that the entire diplomatic process cannot be understood without reference to the army and the Austro-Hungarian General Staff, given that army exerted tremendous influence over policy and pace. Just as the assassination would have been impossible had Franz Ferdinand not been invited in a military capacity to the manoeuvres in Bosnia, so too was the response of the diplomats in Vienna contingent on military imperative. For the army, war seemed the only credible response to the assassination. The military prestige of a great empire was at stake. Anything less than an armed response would validate the views of those in Germany and elsewhere who had written off the monarchy as paralysed and incapable of action.

Keywords:   Austro-Hungarian army, Habsburg army, diplomats, Russia, Serbia, military policy

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