Economic Problems and Solutions for Non-Uniform Railway and Infrastructures: Empirical Analysis of the Austro-Hungarian Empire's Chief of Staff's—Franz Conrad Von Hötzendorf—and Associated Blunders and What They Can Tell Us of How to Create Uniform Systems of Infrastructure

4 Pages Posted: 20 Dec 2017 Last revised: 27 Oct 2018

Date Written: December 14, 2017

Abstract

The problems and symptoms of a non-uniform system of interstate transportation can manifest problems for both trade and military movement.

The uniform and harmonious interstate highways based on states in the US has a direct connection to the non-uniform system of railways that the Austro-Hungarian Empire had during World War I under the command of Franz Conrad von Hötzendorf as Chief of Staff for the Austro-Hungarian Empire during the war. This non-uniform system meant that given different track widths and sustainable weights that some trains couldn't cross over between various states in the empire. In general, such problems still exist. Some historians attribute the inability to move troops around efficiently to one of the demises of the Austro-Hungarian Empire.

Suggested Citation

Lincoln IV, Charles Edward Andrew, Economic Problems and Solutions for Non-Uniform Railway and Infrastructures: Empirical Analysis of the Austro-Hungarian Empire's Chief of Staff's—Franz Conrad Von Hötzendorf—and Associated Blunders and What They Can Tell Us of How to Create Uniform Systems of Infrastructure (December 14, 2017). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3087779 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3087779

Charles Edward Andrew Lincoln IV (Contact Author)

University of Groningen, Faculty of Law ( email )

Groningen
Netherlands

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