Ethnic Armies: Polyethnic Armed Forces from the Time of the by N.F. Dreisziger

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Because the official name of the Austrian half of the Monarchy was "The Kingdoms and Lands Represented in the Reichsrat" (Reichsrat or Imperial Council was the name of the Parliament in Vienna), and that of the Hungarian half: "Lands of the Hungarian Holy Crown," contemporary parlance substituted "Cisleithania" and "Transleithania" for these impossibly cumbrous designations. The Leitha, a small river east of Vienna, separated the Austrian half (Cisleithania) of the Dual Monarchy from the Hungarian half (Transleithania).

After the war, only the former Chief of the General Staff, Conrad, claimed to be a Great-German nationalist, while Archduke Joseph paraded as a Hungarian patriot. Most of the field marshals, like the great majority of the other career officers, never admitted to a specific nationality. Nor should we insist too much on assigning one to them. National Strife in the Habsburg Army IF THE CAREER officer corps as a whole refused to be nationalistic (and with good reason, since the survival of the multinational monarchy was, for them, a bread and butter issue), the same could not be said of individual soldiers, to say nothing of the politicians.

The second, oral test was another matter. In any case, the very low participation of the South Slavs hi elite education and training requires some additional explanation. I would argue that the unfavourable situation of this group was due not so much to ethnic discrimination as to the peculiarities of their background. Until the gradual dissolution of the Military Border in the late 1870s and early 1880s, most Serbian and Croatian officers hailed from the Military Border and went back to serve in Border Guard regiments.

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