New OHT Editorial: The War of 1866 and the Undoing of Vienna
November 1, 2016
On 3 July 1866, the Austrian and Prussian armies engaged each other near Königgrätz and Sadowa in Bohemia. Although the commanders of both forces had not planned for such a clash that day, what followed was one of the greater pitched battles of the mid-19th century.
In this editorial feature, Randall Lesaffer delves into the War of 1866, and discusses the resulting peace settlement which excluded Austria from German affairs, and ultimately unlocked Prussia’s ambition in Northern Germany.