This is a new history of the Austro-Prussian-Italian War of 1866, which paved the way for German and Italian unification. Geoffrey Wawro describes Prussia's successful invasion of Habsburg Bohemia, and the wretched collapse of the Austrian army in July 1866. Blending military and social history, he describes the panic that overtook Austria's regiments in each clash with the Prussians. He reveals the blundering of the Austrian commandant who fumbled away key strategic advantages and ultimately lost a war --crucial to the fortunes of the Habsburg Monarchy-- that most European pundits had predicted they would win.
|Publisher:||Cambridge University Press|
|Edition description:||New Edition|
|Product dimensions:||5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.79(d)|
About the Author
Geoffrey Wawro is the General Olinto Mark Barsanti Professor of Military History and Director of the Military History Center at the University of North Texas. Wawro has hosted many programs on the History Channel and taught for several years at the U.S. Naval War College. He received his B.A. from Brown and his Ph.D. from Yale.
Table of Contents1. Strategy and tactics in 1866; 2. Origins of the Austro-Prussian War; 3. War plans and mobilization; 4. Italy declares war; 5. Custoza; 6. Podol, Vysokov, and Trautenau; 7. Münchengrätz, Burkersdorf and Skalice; 8. Jicin and Benedek's flight to Könnigrätz; 9. Könnigratz: Benedek's stand in the 'Bystrice Pocket'; 10. Könnigratz: Moltke's envelopment; 11. Aftermath: the peace and Europe, 1866-1914.