The Habsburg Army

Type: 
History Department Guest Lecture
Audience: 
Open to the Public
Building: 
Nador u. 9, Monument Building
Room: 
Gellner
Thursday, October 29, 2015 - 5:30pm
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Date: 
Thursday, October 29, 2015 - 5:30pm to 7:00pm

Richard Bassett is the author of “For God and Kaiser”, the first definitive history of the Habsburg Army to have been published in English. An alumnus of Christ’s College Cambridge , he has lectured for the Cambridge New Habsburg Studies Network, the Royal Military Academy at Sandhurst and has taught at the Courtauld Institute of Art and the University of Udine. On graduating from Cambridge , he worked as a professional musician in Slovenia before becoming the Central and Eastern Europe correspondent of “The Times” for the closing decade of the Cold War.

In this lecture, he will describe some of the key characteristics which made the Habsburg army such an effective instrument of imperial cohesion, guaranteeing the security of Central and Eastern Europe in a way which has proved difficult to replicate in later times. As a multi-national, multi confessional force it was in many ways far ahead of its time but historians, especially in the English-speaking world have with very few exceptions consistently underestimated its qualities and fighting record. 

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