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

Hardcover | April 30, 1999

byIstvan Deak

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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 majornationalities 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, willinglycoopted 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 andethnic tolerance in Central and East Central Europe.

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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 majornationalities and almost as many confessional group...

Istvan Deak is at Columbia University.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:314 pages, 9.49 × 6.38 × 0.83 inPublished:April 30, 1999Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 13:9780195045055

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"A work of substantial importance, with an excellent bibliographical essay."--Journal of Modern History