Field Marshal Radetzky as Military Hero
This chapter begins the examination of how individuals and social groups participated in and shaped the military-patriotic agenda across different areas of the Austrian state. It looks at the role of hero-figures in the military culture of imperial Austria through the example of the Bohemian-born Field Marshal Radetzky. The cult of Radetzky, who achieved greater popularity than any other comparable army figure in the nineteenth century, indicates which sections of Austrian society responded most positively to the military patriotic message, as well as showing where it met with indifference or a negative reception. Above all, it demonstrates the interaction between popular and official forms of military culture.
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