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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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Mater Castrorum

Mater Castrorum

(p.137) Chapter 6 Mater Castrorum
For God and Kaiser

Richard Bassett

Yale University Press

This chapter discusses the victory of Maria Theresa's armies against Prussia. Six years of war cost Austria nearly half a million men, but Prussian casualties were much higher. With two French armies crossing the Rhine, a Swedish army advancing on Pomerania, and a Russian force headed for East Prussia, the very existence of Frederick's kingdom became open to question. By the end of the war Prussia, both as a state and military machine, was a wasteland. Austria's armies, on the other hand, enjoyed a high reputation while the Empress came to be seen as a Mater Castrorum, Mother of War.

Keywords:   Maria Theresa, Habsburg army, Austrian army, Mother of War, Prussia

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