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Der Kaiser von Österreich als Oberster Kriegsherr 1867–1918
The Emperor of Austria as Supreme Commander 1867-1918

Author(s): Christoph Schmetterer
Subject(s): Law, Constitution, Jurisprudence
Published by: STS Science Centre Ltd
Keywords: Austro-Hungarian monarchy; emperor; Austro-Hungarian compromise of 1867; right of command; armed forces; prerogative.

Summary/Abstract: After the “Ausgleich” of 1867 the Austro-Hungarian army got a complicated structure. Eventually the army was divided in three parts: the common army, the “Landwehr” in the Austrian half of the empire and the “Honved” in the Hungarian half. The emperor was commander-in-chief of all parts of the army. Regarding the common army the emperor could retain substantial prerogatives. His orders were not countersigned by a minister. For the administration of the “Landwehr” and the “Honved” though the countersignature of a minister was necessary.

  • Issue Year: 4/2013
  • Issue No: 1
  • Page Range: 10-18
  • Page Count: 9
  • Language: German