There was more to World War I than the Western Front. This history, presented as two intertwined narratives in alternating chapters, juxtaposes the experiences of a monarch and a peasant on the Eastern Front. Franz Joseph I, emperor of Austria-Hungary, was the first European leader to declare war in 1914 and the first to commence firing. Samuel Mozolak was a Slovak laborer who sailed to New York—where he fathered twins who were taken as babies (and U.S. citizens) to his home village—before being drafted into the army and killed in combat.
About the author (2017)
Kenneth Janda is Professor Emeritus at Northwestern University. In 2009, he received the Frank J. Goodnow Award for distinguished service to the American Political Science Association and the profession. He has authored or edited several books on computer methods of data analysis, the cross-national study of political parties, and American government and politics. He lives in Roseville, Minnesota.
Title The Emperor and the Peasant: Two Men at the Start of the Great War and the End of the Habsburg Empire
Author Kenneth Janda
Publisher McFarland, Incorporated Publishers, 2017
Length 277 pages
Subjects History › Military › World War I, History / Europe / Austria & Hungary, History / Military / World War I