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Tim Hadley is lecturer at the Diplomatic Academy of Vienna.
Chapter 1: Military Attachés in Europe 1879–1914: Counting Soldiers, Building Alliances Chapter 2: The German Military Attaché Appendix
Chapter 3: Sensitive Reporting Topics
Chapter 4: Military Diplomacy and Regional Security
Chapter 5: Dysfunctional Allies: The German Mission on the Eastern Front
Chapter 6: Conclusion
Tim Hadley has a valuable perspective on the military lead-up to the war in 1914. . . scholars in the field as well as others interested in Austro-German relations will welcome Military Diplomacy in the Dual Alliance as an important contribution to our understanding of one aspect of the Great War's origins.
— The Historian
The role of military attachés has been a greatly neglected subject for research, Alfred Vagts’ classic overview having been published as long ago as 1967. Fortunately, this is now changing. Timothy Hadley gives us a welcome and detailed analysis of the work of German military attachés in Vienna set in the context of wider European military diplomacy and intelligence gathering. Based on a formidable range of primary sources, it is a sobering assessment of how much the Germans knew—and chose to ignore—about Austro-Hungarian military capabilities, not least in the July Crisis of 1914.
— Ian Beckett, University of Kent
Exhaustively researched and clearly written, this monograph presents a detailed account of the comprehensive information German attaches in Austria Hungary provided on the Habsburg army’s institutional and cultural shortcomings—and of the ignoring of that information in Berlin. It makes a correspondingly persuasive case that frank communication and focused financial assistance could have significantly improved Habsburg military effectiveness before 1914.
— Dennis Showalter, Colorado College
Hadley's account, based on a rich trawl in both archival and secondary sources, perceptively analyzes the bewildering confusion inherent in the ultimately fatal Dual Alliance of the German and Austro-Hungarian empires. Berlin's decision to rely militarily on Vienna, dissected here in clear detail, is simply astounding.
— Lamar Cecil, Washington and Lee University