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The War of the Austrian Succession Hardcover – 25 Feb 1994

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  • Hardcover: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Sutton Publishing Ltd; First Edition edition (25 Feb. 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0750905786
  • ISBN-13: 978-0750905787
  • Product Dimensions: 21.4 x 14.6 x 3.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,845,926 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By M. Baerends on 15 Aug. 2011
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Having read 'the war of the Austrian succession' I wonder why this war has such a low profile when compared to its 'big brother', the Seven Years' War (although one could argue the War of the Polish succession is even more ignored). I would think the Austrian succession war it is at least as interesting and dramatic as any other, and yet there are very few books about it. Anyone wanting to know more will almost by default end up with Mr. Reed's book. Now is that problem? Fortunately, it is not. Mr. Reed has done an amazing job in covering a war of such length, such a number of combatants (this number changing all the time) and such a range of theatres, while still writing a very readable and exciting book. The book is as strong on the political background as on the battles themselves. Compulsory reading for anyone with an interest in 18th century wars & politics. If only someone would take it upon him/herself to write a similarly great book about the War of the Polish succession...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By David Carey on 29 Nov. 2011
Format: Paperback
I have to say to begin with that I started this book at least once without being able to get far into it. It seemed to me a bit jarring that the book opens not with the origins of the war but instead with what seems a slightly rushed description of eighteenth century army organisation. There's no reason why the book shouldn't open this way, it just seemed counter-intuitive to me and made me fear that the coverage of the war's origins and the political circumstances behind its outbreak and spread would be shallow.

I needn't have worried. Browning covers all aspects of the war - military, political and economic - in admirable depth and you end with a very good understanding of the conflict. In particular, he spends a good chunk of the book dealing with the peace negotiations that led to the Treaty of Aix La Chapelle. I often feel that in military history books the peace treaties are dealt with in rather a perfunctory manner, but Browning is at pains to make his reader understand the considerations behind each of the belligerents' approach to the peace, who were the winners and losers and how this war, and the peace that ended it, fed into the Seven Years War that followed. In fact my main regret is that he did not go on to write an account of that conflict also, as it too seems to be much neglected by historians and lacking a really good single volume account like this.

I have knocked a star off for the lack of maps. There are three maps at the start of the book (one for each of the three main theatres of war, Germany, the Low Countries and Italy) but they are not nearly detailed enough for me and there are plenty of places mentioned in the text that do not appear on the maps. I think also a map of Europe at the time would have been helpful in informing the reader of the size and position of the powers mentioned relative to one another.

On the whole though, a very worthwhile read if you want to understand this conflict.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Charles Vasey TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 15 Mar. 2010
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If the Seven Years War is rather too bitter to seem the typical "cabinet war" its forerunner, the Austrian War Of Succession, has those features in spades. Reed Browning takes us through the war of the two young rulers of Austria and Prussia, into Italy where Austrians, French, Savoyards and Spaniards clash like some delayed Renaissance war and then off to Flanders to see a victorious French Catholic army led by a German Protestant defeating the British and Dutch. If that is not enough there are wars in India, with Indians and a Highland rising. Such different theatres and powers require a clear explanation and this the author has, particularly the interplay of war and diplomacy in an era before unconditional surrender became fashionable. This book has been the standard work for some decades, and rightly so.
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