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Military Culture and Popular Patriotism in Late Imperial Austria$
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Laurence Cole

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199672042

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199672042.001.0001

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Patriotic Action

Patriotic Action

The Imperial and Royal Austrian Soldiers Corps

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Military Culture and Popular Patriotism in Late Imperial Austria

Laurence Cole

Oxford University Press

After 1900, the Austrian state sought to build a unified, official organization for veterans in imperial Austria. This chapter shows how the Imperial and Royal Austrian Military Soldiers Corps was designed to provide a countermodel to nationalist organizations and to act as a loyal core of supporters who could function as a reserve force in time of war. However, the project came up against a series of obstacles which meant that the Soldiers Corps was not established until 1914. The government policy of militarizing the veterans’ associations met with opposition in parliament and among sections of the veterans’ movement itself within a context of growing anti-militarist activity before 1914.

Keywords:   military veterans, Habsburg army, Austrian government, militarization, anti-militarism

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