TATIĆ Danijel: Field Marshal Svetozar Borojević. A Biography
Englisch, 232 Seiten, 110 s/w- und Farbabbildungen, Literatur- und Quellenverzeichnis, broschürt, Großformat
A century after his death, Svetozar Borojević remains one of the most interesting yet misunderstood figures of the First World War. His successes on the Eastern Front in 1914 and the Isonzo Front from 1915 onwards made him the Habsburg Empire’s most popular war-time military leader, but his legacy came crashing down in 1918, together with the Empire to whom he was completely devoted. Thus, in a curious twist of fate, he has been largely omitted from the European collective memory of the war.
This book describes the life and times of Svetozar Borojević, a career army officer who was in many ways a typical representative of the Austro-Hungarian military system with all its virtues and flaws, and the only Slav in the Habsburg Empire who had ever reached the rank of field marshal.
It also describes Borojević’s personal side, examining his life from his birth in a hamlet in present-day Croatia, the early childhood years spent far away from his parental home, his education and life of service throughout the Empire, his hopes, thoughts, ambitions, character, and, above all, the ways in which he tirelessly climbed the social, political, and military hierarchies of his time, reaching the top in face of tremendous adversity.
And finally, this book explores the reasons why, despite playing a prominent role in the events of 1914 to 1918, he was destined to fall together with the Empire, consumed by the whirlwind of politics and ideology in the turmoil of post-war Europe.
– Before the Great War
– The Isonzo
– Final Months
– Sources and Bibliography