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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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(p.535) Chapter 26 Aftermath
For God and Kaiser

Richard Bassett

Yale University Press

This chapter describes events following Emperor Charles' decision to dissolve the monarchy and withdraw from political life, particularly the fate of the officers and soldiers of the Habsburg army. Charles decision would dislocate centuries-old structures and traumatise Central Europe for most of the twentieth century. By granting the calls for freedom and all that this demanded, the last Habsburg Kaiser acted as a catalyst for the two great movements of twentieth-century European history: nationalism and socialism. For the officers and soldiers of the Imperial and Royal Army, the collapse of the old multinational empire placed a question mark over all their beliefs and careers. Today, the Habsburg army is no more. The last person to have served in its forces died in Lemberg aged well over 100 in 2003. But in literature, art and music something of its memory lives on.

Keywords:   Austria-Hungary, Austro-Hungarian army, Emperor Charles, monarchy, Habsburg Kaiser, nationalism, socialism

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