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Austria-Hungary and the Origins of the First World War : Making of the 20th Century (Paperback) - Samuel R. Williamson

Austria-Hungary and the Origins of the First World War

Making of the 20th Century (Paperback)

Paperback Published: 12th December 1990
ISBN: 9780333420812
Number Of Pages: 290

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A major re-examination of Habsburg decision-making from 1912 to July 1914, the study argues that Austria-Hungary and not Germany made the crucial decisions for war in the summer of 1914. Based on extensive new archival research, the book traces the gradual militarization of Austro-Hungarian foreign policy during the Balkan Wars. The disasters of those wars and the death of the Archduke Franz Ferdinand, the heir-apparent and a force for peace in the monarchy, convinced the Habsburg elite that only a war against Serbia would end the South Slav threat to the monarchy's existence. Williamson also describes Russia's assertive foreign policy after 1912 and stresses the unique linkages of domestic and foreign policy in almost every issue faced by Habsburg statesmen.

Acknowledgements - Abbreviations - Maps - Introduction - Austria-Hungary and the International System: Great Power or Doomed Anachronism? - The Domestic Context of Habsburg Foreign Policy - Dynasty, Generals, Diplomats: The Instruments of Habsburg Foreign Policy - Aehrenthal's Legacy: Bosnian Colonial Success and the Italo-Turkish War - The Monarch's Allies: Aggresive Berlin, Dubious Rome, Uncertain Bucharest - The Monarchy's Enemies: Serbia, Montenegro and the Triple Entente - Militant Diplomacy: The Habsburgs and the First Balkan War, August 1912-May 1913 - Diplomatic Options Reconsidered: The Second Balkan War and After, June-December 1913 - Austria-Hungary and the Last Months Before Sarajevo: January-June 1914 - Vienna and the July Crisis - Notes and References - Bibliography - Index

ISBN: 9780333420812
ISBN-10: 0333420810
Series: Making of the 20th Century (Paperback)
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 290
Published: 12th December 1990
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.5 x 14.0  x 1.7
Weight (kg): 0.38
Edition Number: 1