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On August 1, 1914, the German and Austro-Hungarian empires stood on the brink of the greatest war history had known. Their great need was for alliances that would provide manpower and defense of their borders. In only one direction could these be sought -- the Balkan Peninsula. Yet disagreements between foreign officers and high commands increased the difficulty of establishing such alliances. Austrian caution continually clashed with German persistence, for the expansionist drives of the Balkan powers threatened the monarchy's own ambitions.

The differences between the two allies were smoothed over in the case of Turkey and Bulgaria, but the ultimate diplomatic failure in Rumania produced much rancor.The author's examination of little known documents in the German and Austrian archives brings to light details of an often tortured relationship. The personalities of those who shaped the course of the war and the playing off of power against power are here clearly revealed.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright Page
  2. pp. i-vi
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-x
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. xi-xiv
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  1. Part I: The Background
  2. pp. 1-2
  1. 1. The Future Allies
  2. pp. 3-30
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  1. 2. Diplomatic Disappointments
  2. pp. 31-58
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  1. 3. Military Preparedness
  2. pp. 59-70
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  1. Part II: Balkan Diplomacy of the Central Powers
  2. pp. 71-72
  1. 4. Turkey's Declaration of War
  2. pp. 73-98
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  1. 5. The Turkish Ally
  2. pp. 99-128
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  1. 6. Bulgaria Pursued
  2. pp. 129-149
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  1. 7. The Second Link
  2. pp. 150-178
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  1. 8. Rumania, Uncertain Neutral
  2. pp. 179-197
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  1. 9. Rumania, Point and Counterpoint
  2. pp. 198-225
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  1. 10. The Rumanian Link Unforged
  2. pp. 226-248
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  1. Part III: The High Commands—Unity and Disunity
  2. pp. 249-250
  1. 11. Initial Operations
  2. pp. 251-274
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  1. 12. A Year of Success, 1915
  2. pp. 275-301
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  1. 13. The Setbacks of 1916
  2. pp. 302-333
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  1. 14. Conclusions
  2. pp. 334-344
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  1. Selected Bibliography
  2. pp. 345-354
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 355-366
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780813164618
Related ISBN
9780813154817
MARC Record
OCLC
933516023
Pages
396
Launched on MUSE
2016-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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