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The Battle of Koniggratz: Prussia's Victory over Austria, 1866
Koniggratz, a city overlooking the river Elbe, was a western strongpoint of the Austrian Empire. On the morning of July 3, 1866, Prussia attacked the city against high odds and defeated the Austrian army in a single day, despite the Austrian advantage in heavy artillery and command of the high ground. The fall of Koniggratz transferred power over the German states from ...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published February 1st 2003 by University of Pennsylvania Press
(first published 1964)
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Mar 30, 2011 Mark Singer rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone interested in European and military history,
Recommended to Mark by: No one
Originally written in 1964, this is an excellent example of how to write military history. It's all here...who, what, where, when and how. I have read several books by Gordon A Craig and they are all good. This past semester I used this as a source for a term paper and it is much, much better than the other book I used, Geoffrey Wawro's "The Austro-Prussian War".
Craig's short synopsis of the Austro-Prussian War obviously focuses on the Battle of Koniggratz but also succinctly explains the strategic background and shaping operations against other hostile German states. He could have added a short discussion on Bismarck's negotiations with France and Italy and the corresponding effects of the Italian campaign on Austria's decision-making, but as the title indicates this is a limited history of the war this isn't essential (and can be quickly gleaned from ...more
Born in Glasgow, Gordon Craig emigrated with his family in 1925, initially to Toronto, Canada, and then to Jersey City, New Jersey. Initially interested in studying the law, he switched to history after hearing the historian Walter "Buzzer" Hall lecture at Princeton University. In 1935, Craig visited and lived for several months in Germany, to research a thesis he was writing on the downfall of ...moreMore about Gordon A. Craig...