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Prior to WW1, which state was more powerful, the USA or the Austria-Hungarian Empire?

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  • John P
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    1 year ago
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    Industrially - the USA. Politically - probably neck-and-neck.

    Those countries were so different in many aspects that it is rather silly to try to make comparisons. One was humming with new ideas, new people, new ways of working - the other was not, except in intellectual ways.

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  • blu
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    1 year ago

    In Aug 1914, the US had a standing army plus reserves at 200,000. Austria-Hungary 3M.

    https://spartacus-educational.com/FWWarmies1914.ht...

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  • Tim D
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    1 year ago

    How do you measure powerful?

    Should you include potential?

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  • TB12
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    1 year ago

    You're kidding right. Prior to WWI the U.S. had one of the smallest armies in the world, it would have been no match for the Austria-Hungarian Empire.

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  • Fred
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    1 year ago

    Prior to WW1 likely the Austria-Hungarian was the more powerful country. When the Americans arrived to the European war in 1917 it was amazed at the sophistication of the Europeans. American fighter planes were primitive compared to the European planes and American tactics were still out of date American Civil war tactics. The British and French warned them not to use Civil War tactics but the old American officers believed American troops were superior to Europeans and soon found out with many American deaths how far behind the Europeans they were in war tactics. Apparently after WW1 the USA beginning modernising its military. but in reality it took WW2 to make America one of the most powerful militaries in the world.

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  • Athena
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    1 year ago

    The USA.

    Far more resources and ability to self sustain.

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