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Book Title: A Mad Catastrophe: The Outbreak of World War I and the Collapse of the Habsburg Empire|
The author of the book: Geoffrey Wawro
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Edition: Basic Books
Date of issue: April 29th 2014
ISBN 13: 9780465028351
Read full description of the books A Mad Catastrophe: The Outbreak of World War I and the Collapse of the Habsburg Empire:The Austro-Hungarian army that marched eastward in the opening campaign of World War I was as disordered a force as the world had ever seen. Speaking a mystifying array of languages and carrying outdated weapons, the troops were hopelessly unprepared for the mechanized warfare that would soon consume the entire continent.
As prizewinning historian Geoffrey Wawro explains, the disorganization of these doomed conscripts perfectly mirrored Austra-Hungary itself. For years, the Dual Monarchy had been rotting from within, hollowed out by complacency and corruption at the highest levels. Germany goaded Austria into a longed-for fight with Russia and her allies before the monarchy collapsed completely, but the severity of the fighting was too much for the weakened Empire. By the time 1914 ended, the Habsburg army lay in ruins, and the course of the war seemed all but decided.
Reconstructing the climax of the Austrian campaign in gripping detail, Wawro offers a riveting account of how Austria-Hungary plunged the West into a tragic and unnecessary war.
Read information about the authorGeoffrey Wawro is the General Olinto Mark Barsanti Professor of Military History at the University of North Texas, and Director of the UNT Military History Center. His primary area of emphasis is modern and contemporary military history, from the French Revolution to the present. His fourth book will appear in February 2010 from Penguin Press; it is titled: Quicksand: America's Pursuit of Power in the Middle East.
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