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