Franz Conrad Von Hötzendorf: Architect of the Apocalypse

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BRILL, 2000 - Biography & Autobiography - 271 pages
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Did you ever wonder how and why Franz Conrad von Hotzendorf (1852-1925) earned his reputation for brilliance, while failing so miserably during the First World War? In examining Conrad's life and career, including his years as a military writer, teacher of tactics, and a peacetime troop commander before 1906, this first modern biography offers a fascinating and impressive explanation of his thoughts and actions. Franz Conrad von Hotzendorf (1852-1925) served as Austro-Hungarian chief of the general staff between 1906 and 1917, and was a leading figure in the origins and conduct of the First World War. In no other country did a single general serve as the leading prewar tactician, prewar and wartime strategist, and wartime army commander. Because Conrad filled all of these roles in Austria-Hungary, he had no equal among the military men leading the old order of Europe to destruction in 1914-1918.
 

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In regards to World War I, Antulio Echevarria has observed that grotesque results do not necessarily occur because of grotesque causes. If true then this is a salient case study in that Conrad von ... Read full review

Contents

Conrad after graduation from Wiener Neustadt 1871
12
Bosnia and Aftermath
19
Teacher and Writer
39
Conrad as a major 188790
43
On the Italian Frontier
59
Chief of the General Staff
81
Scandal and Crisis
108
Conrad in General Staff uniform with Gina
110
Love and War
171
Twilight
198
Conrad as army group commander in Tyrol inspecting troops
203
Conrad at Bad Mergentheim
225
Life after Death
229
Conrads funeral procession departs from the officers club
233
Bibliography
245
Copyright

Disaster
139

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About the author (2000)

Lawrence Sondhaus, Ph.D. (1986) in History, University of Virginia, is Associate Professor of History at the University of Indianapolis. His recent publications include "Preparing for Weltpolitik: German Sea Power before the Tripitz Era" (Naval Institute Press, 1997).

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