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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 French Revolution

The Army and the French Revolution

(p.185) Chapter 8 The Army and the French Revolution
For God and Kaiser

Richard Bassett

Yale University Press

The army that Joseph II bequeathed to his successor was not as capable as the one he had inherited from his mother. His ceaseless meddling and obsession with state control had demoralized the army as much as it had all other walks of Austrian life. With Joseph's demise, the new Emperor Leopold appeared to usher in a period of domestic calm, free from foreign adventure. But one year before Joseph's death, Paris had erupted in revolution and, as Joseph had foreseen, its ripples were felt in his empire. This chapter discusses the war waged by France against Austria and the Austrian army's victories and defeats during the war.

Keywords:   Revolutionary France, Austrian army, Joseph II, Leopold, state control, revolt, war

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