Austro-Hungarian Naval Policy, 1904-14

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Frank Cass, 1996 - History - 213 pages
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This unique and comprehensive account describes the interplay of internal and external factors in the emergence of the Austro-Hungarian Navy from a coastal defence force in 1904 to a respectable battle force capable of the joint operations with other Triple Alliance fleets in the Mediterranean by the eve of World War I. By 1914 the Austro-Hungarian Navy was the sixth largest navy in the world and the quality of its officers and men was widely recognised by most European naval observers at the time. The book describes the relationships between naval leaders, the heir to the throne Archduke Francis Ferdinand, and the Parliament in shaping the dual Monarchy's naval policy. It also shows how the changes in foreign policy in Italy and underlying animosities between Rome and Vienna led to a naval race in the Adriatic that eventually bolstered Germany's naval position in respect to Great Britain in the North Sea.

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Dr. Milan Vego has been professor of operations at the Naval War College, Newport, Rhode Island, since 1991. A native of Bosnia & Herzegovina, he obtained political asylum in the United States in 1976. He served for 12 years as a naval officer and four years as 2nd Officer (Deck) in the Merchant Marine. Dr.Vego holds a PhD in Modern European History from George Washington University (1981). He also has a Master Mariner's license (1973). He is the author of four books--"Soviet Navy Today" (1986); "Soviet Naval Tactics" (1992); "Austro-Hungarian Naval Policy, 1904-1914" (1996); and "Naval Strategy and Operations in Narrow Seas" (1999; 2nd ed., 2003)--and the author of the textbook "Operational Warfare" (2000), used at the Naval War College and a number of other service colleges in the United States and overseas. Dr. Vego has also published numerous articles and essays in various professional journals.



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