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For God and Kaiser

The Imperial Austrian Army, 1619-1918
Narrated by: Aaron Blain
Length: 28 hrs and 39 mins
Categories: History, European
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The definitive history of Austria’s multinational army and its immense role during three centuries of European military history.

Among the finest examples of deeply researched military history, Richard Bassett’s For God and Kaiser is a major account of the Habsburg army told for the first time in English. Bassett shows how the Imperial Austrian Army, time and again, was a decisive factor in the story of Europe, the balance of international power, and the defense of Christendom. Moreover it was the first pan-European army made up of different nationalities and faiths, counting among its soldiers not only Christians but also Muslims, and Jews.

Bassett tours some of the most important campaigns and battles in modern European military history, from the 17th century through World War I. He details technical and social developments that coincided with the army’s story and provides fascinating portraits of the great military leaders as well as noteworthy figures of lesser renown. Departing from conventional assessments of the Habsburg army as ineffective, outdated, and repeatedly inadequate, the author argues that it was a uniquely cohesive and formidable fighting force, in many respects one of the glories of the old Europe.

The book is published by Yale University Press.

©2015 Richard Bassett (P)2019 Redwood Audiobooks

Critic reviews

“Ground-breaking history…few aspects of Austria's colourful history escape Bassett's eagle eye in a book that brilliantly fills a gaping hole in Europe's history.” (BBC History

“Superb new book.” (The National Interest)

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Excellent Account

A very good book, well written and researched, brilliant contribution to Austrian history scholarship.

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  • Nicholas
  • 04-08-19

excellent insight

a typically ignored nation/dynasty this book gives a great overveiw and analysis of the true preformance of Austria in the early modern era

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  • Kent K.
  • 05-01-20

Good book with a lot of information

It took a while to get into the book and I really wish that it would have had a different reader for the book. This book also needs a PDF with maps and other documents.

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  • WW1 Researcher
  • 09-12-19

Good book. Narration not the best.

This is a surprisingly good and thorough book. If you're interested in the 5 powers and pre-ww1 Europe this book will surprise you with its thoroughness. I tremendously enjoyed the content.

The narration is a little jarring, it sounded a lot like "small phrase"..."small phrase"..."small phrase" Almost like the pause button was getting pushed after every 3 words.

It was still a good read/listen

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  • 2point71
  • 25-11-19

Interesting book, narration drives you crazy!

It's an interesting book, packed with facts, but the narration! I can't really blame the narrator, who speaks clearly and pleasantly, but for some reason (I guess the producer's idea?) he puts..... pauses.... between..... almost... . every .... sentence.... and .... even... parts.... of a... sentence....makes..... me.... want.... to ... throw.... my device.... out of... the ... window......!!!!

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  • Tyler
  • 02-11-19

decent book, awful narrator

the narrator sounds like he's voicing the worst kind of retail training video. book's okayish.

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  • Ben Denison
  • 18-10-19

Great history, unfortunate narration

This is an essential history of the Habsburg military and highly recommend to learn more about how their relationship to the monarchy forged their legacy.

Unfortunately, the narration leaves a lot to be desired. The narrator regularly mispronounces words, places, and names and also has an overly long pauses between sentences. The mispronunciations became noticeable because it happens with so many of the German/Italian/Hungarian/and French names and words throughout the book

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  • Brian Lockman
  • 18-07-19

Learn to pronounce

The narrator should learn that the word "mischievous" is MISS-che-vuss, NOT miss-CHEE-VEE-uss. His mispronounced it three times so far (halfway through).

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