Monday, July 03, 2006

This day in history: the battle of Koeniggraetz (Sadowa)

On July 3d, 1866 Austrian forces got trounced by their Prussian adversaries. This victory paved the road to German unification according to the 'klein Deutsch' solution (that is without Austria), the tranformation of the Habsburg Empire into the dual state of Austro-Hungary, and the Franko-Prussian war.
In other words, it was one of the decisive moments of modern European history.


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