The Austro-Prussian War: Austria's War with Prussia and Italy in 1866

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Cambridge University Press, Sep 13, 1997 - History - 313 pages
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This is a history of the Austro-Prussian-Italian War of 1866, which paved the way for German and Italian unification. It is based upon extensive new research in the state and military archives of Austria, Germany, and Italy. Geoffrey Wawro describes Prussia's successful invasion of Habsburg Venetia, and the wretched collapse of the Austrian army in July 1866. Although the book gives a thorough accounting of both the Prussian and Italian war efforts, it is most notable for the light it sheds on the Austrians. Through painstaking archival research, Wawro reconstructs the Austrian campaign, blow-by-blow, hour-by-hour. Blending military and social history, he describes the terror and panic that overtook Austria's regiments of the line in each clash with the Prussians. He reveals the unconscionable blundering of the Austrian commandant and his chief deputies 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.

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The Habsburg Empire was a congerie of different peoples, and often suffered for it. Sadly, much the same must be said for this book. The topic is without doubt fascinating: How the Prussians and ... Read full review

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What we can see is amazing - but pages 50-315 are missing!!!!


Strategy and tactics in 1866
Origins of the AustroPrussian War
War plans and mobilization
Italy declares war
Podol Vysokov and Trautenau
Münchengrätz Burkersdorf and Skalice
Jicin and Benedeks flight to Königgrätz
Königgrätz Benedeks stand in the Bystrice pocket
Königgrätz Moltkes envelopment
Aftermath The peace and Europe 18661914

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About the author (1997)

Geoffrey Wawro is Professor of Strategic Studies at the US Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island. His previously published books include The Austro-Prussian War (Cambridge, 1996) and Warfare and Society in Europe, 1792 1914 (2000). He is the recipient of numerous awards and prizes, including the Austrian Cultural Institute Prize and the Society for Military History Moncado Prize for Excellence in the Writing of Military History. In 2002, he shared a New Orleans Press Club Award for the live NBC/History Channel coverage of the parade and opening of the D-Day Museum Pacific Wing. He is also the host and anchor of the History Channel's Hardcover History, a weekly interview show with leading historians, statesmen, and journalists.

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