This detailed study charts the uneven growth of the Austrian navy from its high point following Archduke Ferdinand Max's administration and the War of 1866 to its ultimate dissolution after World War 1. In following this development, Lawrence Sondhaus not only relates the operational aspects of the Habsburg navy but also traces the growth of popular navalism in Austria-Hungary, the role of naval expansion in stimulating industrial development, and the peculiar difficulties of navy commanders in dealing with the Habsburg nationality problem and the cumbersome politics of Austro-Hungarian dualism.
Lawrence Sondhaus is the author of The Habsburg Empire and the Sea: Austrian Naval Policy, 1797-1866 and In the Service of the Emperor; Italians in the Austrian Armed Forces, 1814-1918.
". . . a readable and highly informative account and a serious contribution to scholarship." —Paul G. Halpern
"What he recounts here is not only the story of the development of the navy but also of the political and economic trends against which it took place. In all this is a book that no one interested in the topic will want to miss." —American Historical Review