A Mad Catastrophe

    A Mad Catastrophe

    The Outbreak of World War I and the Collapse of the Habsburg Empire

    Geoffrey Wawro

    Basic Books 2014

    Hardback 464pp Illustrated

    9780465028351   Product Code: 22214

    It was Austria's ultimatum to Serbia after the assassination of the Archduke Franz Ferdinand that triggered the First World War, yet that empire's planning for and conduct of the conflict have been little studied. This book corrects that omission, revealing a shocking level of incompetence and corruption on every level: policy-making, strategy, supply, and tactics in the field. This sobering account demonstrates how the comprehensive, culpable irresponsibility of a decaying superpower pulled an entire continent into an irrecoverable disaster.

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