Los Habsburgo: la personificación del Imperio

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Planeta Agostini, 1995 - History - 384 pages
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For a Habsburg, there was no limit to possibility: Maximilian I could dream of being both Pope and Holy Roman Emperor; Ferdinand II could imagine turning back the tide of Protestantism, and cheerfully risk drowning Europe in blood to achieve that miracle; and Francis I would fashion a cosy Biedermeier world, in which all children had rosy cheeks and all milkmaids were pretty and demure. Like saints - or madmen - they denied reality and constructed the world as they wanted it to be. For generations, the Habsburgs have resisted the interrogation of history, but in this book, covering the whole sweep of Habsburg history from the Middle Ages to the present, Andrew Wheatcroft utilizes a new approach. There is less about the lands and peoples that were ruled, and more about the rulers themselves, both as individuals and collectively. Andrew Wheatcroft uses the techniques of the archaeologist, scraping through the strata of past lives to rediscover the Habsburgs' own scale of values, their concerns, their totems and their fetishes. He explores how and why the Habsburgs have survived and how they are now moving confidently towards a new century, as ever imbued with their own curious and convoluted version of eternal life.

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Review: The Habsburgs: Embodying Empire

User Review  - Rebecca - Goodreads

Surprisingly readable, finished in a little over two days. Glosses over some of the more important historical events but gives excellent portraits of the most important Habsburgs. Read full review

Review: The Habsburgs: Embodying Empire

User Review  - Heather - Goodreads

This book was an assignment way back in high school, but I found it enjoyable and comprehensive. My copy's especially dear to me because a few remaining members of the Habsburg family visited my school and signed the book. Read full review


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