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The Grand Strategy of the Habsburg Empire

A. Wess Mitchell


The Empire of Habsburg Austria faced more enemies than any other European great power. Flanked on four sides by rivals, it possessed few of the advantages that explain successful empires. Yet somehow Austria endured, outlasting Ottoman sieges, Frederick the Great, and Napoleon. This book tells the story of how this cash-strapped, polyglot empire survived for centuries in Europe’s most dangerous neighborhood without succumbing to the pressures of multisided warfare. It shows how the Habsburgs played the long game in geopolitics, corralling friend and foe alike into voluntarily managing the empi ... More

Keywords: Habsburg Empire, Austria, Habsburgs, geopolitics, middle Europe, Austrian Habsburgs

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780691196442
Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: May 2020 DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691196442.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

A. Wess Mitchell, author
Center for European Policy Analysis

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