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Austria, Prussia, and the wars of liberation, 1813–1814

Sked, Alan (2014) Austria, Prussia, and the wars of liberation, 1813–1814. Austrian History Yearbook, 45. pp. 89-114. ISSN 0067-2378

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Identification Number: 10.1017/S0067237813000623


The purpose of this article is to clarify the relative roles of Austria and Prussia during the Wars of Liberation of 1813 and 1814. It uses the very latest research concerning the military strategy adopted and emphasizes the input of Radetzky, using his handwritten account of the campaign, a document previously ignored by historians, despite the general's position as chief of staff of the allied coalition. The fact is that Anglo-American historians have failed to investigate the politics of the military alliance of 1813-1814 that constituted the Fourth Coalition. Myself apart, the only historian to examine that alliance with any regard to the Austrian viewpoint has been Gordon A. Craig in a brief but excellent analysis published as long ago as 1966. German historians have done little better. They simply neglect the Austrian archives.

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Additional Information: © 2014 Center for Austrian Studies, University of Minnesota
Divisions: International History
Subjects: D History General and Old World > D History (General) > D901 Europe (General)
D History General and Old World > DB Austria
D History General and Old World > DD Germany
Date Deposited: 13 May 2014 12:49
Last Modified: 17 Jul 2024 17:51

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