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About this book


A major re-examination of Habsburg decision-making from 1912 to July 1914, the study argues that Austria-Hungary and not Germany made the crucial decisions for war in the summer of 1914. Based on extensive new archival research, the book traces the gradual militarization of Austro-Hungarian foreign policy during the Balkan Wars. The disasters of those wars and the death of the Archduke Franz Ferdinand, the heir-apparent and a force for peace in the monarchy, convinced the Habsburg elite that only a war against Serbia would end the South Slav threat to the monarchy's existence. Williamson also describes Russia's assertive foreign policy after 1912 and stresses the unique linkages of domestic and foreign policy in almost every issue faced by Habsburg statesmen.


Austria Entente First World War Hungary monarchy peace Russia

About the authors

SAMUEL R. WILLIAMSON, Jr is President and Vice-Chancellor of The University of the South, Sewanee, and a member of the International Institute for Strategic Studies. His study The Politics of Grand Strategy: Britain and France Prepare for War, 1904-1914 (1969) won the George Louis Beer Prixe of the American Historical Association, and he has published widely on the origins of the First World War.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Austria-Hungary and the Origins of the First World War
  • Authors Samuel R. Williamson Jr
  • Series Title The Making of the 20th Century
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Macmillan Publishers Limited 1991
  • Publisher Name Palgrave, London
  • eBook Packages Palgrave History Collection History (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-0-333-42080-5
  • Softcover ISBN 978-0-333-42081-2
  • eBook ISBN 978-1-349-21163-0
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XVIII, 290
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Additional Information Previously published under the imprint Palgrave
  • Topics European History
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