The Fall of the House of Habsburg

Overview

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 ...
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Overview

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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780140064599
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/28/1983
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 420
  • Sales rank: 595,081
  • Product dimensions: 5.13 (w) x 7.80 (h) x 1.03 (d)

Table of Contents

The Fall Of The House Of Habsburg Preface
Acknowledgements

Prologue: The House Of Austria

Part One: Revolution and Reaction
I. Pre-March
II. Peoples In Revolt
III. Counter-Attack

Part Two: Government Of The Sword
IV. The Course Is Set
V. Palmerston In A White Uniform
VI. I Command To Be Obeyed
VII. The Heavenly Empress

Part Three: Retreat From Glory
VIII. Distrusted And Alone
IX. The Loss Of Italy
X. Autocracy Is Not Enough
XI. Prussia Takes All

Part Four: Empire Under Notice
XII. Two Crowns, One Head
XIII. The Iron Ring Of Fate
XIV. The Lull Between Storms
XV. Germans, Slavs And Magyars

Part Five: Austria Must Still Be Great
XVI. Russia Presents The Hemlock
XVII. The Doomed Inheritor
XVIII. The Road To Sarajevo
XIX. The Powers Gather Round

Epilogue: Finis Austriae

Appendix A: Transcript of letter from Lord Cowley to Count Buol-Schauenstein, 19 March 1859
Appendix B: Distribution of nationalities within the Habsburg Monarchy as at 1910 census
Note On Sources
Notes And Sources
Index

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