The Fall of the House of Habsburg
Edward Crankshaw's distinguished study offers a compelling account of the final decades of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. At the centre of the dramatic events stands the majestic figure of the Emperor Franz Josef, facing the tragedies of his disastrous marriage and the suicide of his only son, and doggedly resisting the ruin of his inheritance. In a sweeping panorama of Vienna, Imperial Russia, Napolean's France, Bismark's Prussia and Cavour's Italy, Crankshaw portrays the political and military intricacies, the statesman, soldiers and common people, and examines the ambitions and disillusionment that broke the Empire and forged the destiny of the twentieth century.
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I have read many books on the start of the First World War. I have read many books on the First World War in general. This is the first book I have read which dealt exclusively on the House of Habsburg under the reign of Franz Josef. I knew about his brother, son and of course the Archduke Franz Ferdinand. With all this reading behind me, I still found this book very interesting. At times it was quite dry. However, it is well worth ploughing through these dry portions to read the complete work. The information on his wife, Elizabeth, was all new to me. How Franz Josef managed the empire was also new to me. I have to say, this book contained a great deal of enlightment for me on the Austro-Hungarian Empire and the abilities of Franz Josef to keep the empire together during very trying times. The interplay of the various ethnic groups within the empire was fascinating to me; all new information. Well worth the time to read and digest all the characters involved during the reign of the Emporer Franz Josef.
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I have always been interested in events in Europe leading up to WWI. I felt particularly weak on the Austro-Hungarian Empire so I selected this book. It was interesting, but it focused more on ...
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