Beyond Nationalism: A Social and Political History of the Habsburg Officer Corps, 1848-1918

Beyond Nationalism: A Social and Political History of the Habsburg Officer Corps, 1848-1918

by Istvan Deak
     
 

ISBN-10: 019504505X

ISBN-13: 9780195045055

Pub. Date: 05/28/1990

Publisher: Oxford University Press

In the last seventy years of its long and distinguished existence, the Habsburg monarchy was plagued by the forces of rising nationalism. Still, it preserved domestic peace and provided the conditions for social, economic, and cultural progress in a vast area inhabited by eleven major nationalities and almost as many confessional groups. This study investigates the

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In the last seventy years of its long and distinguished existence, the Habsburg monarchy was plagued by the forces of rising nationalism. Still, it preserved domestic peace and provided the conditions for social, economic, and cultural progress in a vast area inhabited by eleven major nationalities and almost as many confessional groups. This study investigates the social origin, education, training, code of honor, lifestyle, and political role of the Habsburg officers. Simultaneously conservative and liberal, the officer corps, originally composed mainly of noblemen, willingly coopted thousands of commoners—among them an extraordinary number of Jews. Even during World War I, the army and its officers endured, surviving the dissolution of the state in October 1918, if only by a few days. The end of the multinational Habsburg army also marked the end of confessional and ethnic tolerance in Central and East Central Europe.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195045055
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
05/28/1990
Edition description:
FACSIMILE
Pages:
314
Product dimensions:
6.38(w) x 9.50(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction3
1.From the Turkish Wars to the Revolutions of 1848: An Early History25
2.Absolutism, Liberal Reform, and the Ideology of Preventive War: The Army Between 1850 and 191443
3.The Making of Future Officers78
4.Life in the Regiment95
5.From Payday to Payday114
6.Latter-Day Knights126
7.Marriage, Family, Sexual Ethics, and Crime139
8.Pensioners, Widows, and Orphans149
9.Nobles and Near-Nobles in the Officer Corps156
10.Religion, Nationality, Advanced Training, and Career165
11.The Officers in the Great War190
Epilogue Habsburg Officers in the Successor States and in the Second World War205
Appendix IOn Belles-Lettres, Memoirs, and Histories213
Appendix IIPlace Names225
Notes227
Index261

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