The Austrians: A Thousand-Year Odysseyby Gordon Brook-Shepherd
From the Reformation through the Napoleonic and Cold Wars to European Union, Austria stands at the center of the crucial struggle to unite Europe. Noted historian Brook-Shepherd recounts Austria's full story up to its millennial anniversary. "Engrossing, elegantly written history".--"Publishers Weekly". 24 pp. of photos and maps. 512 pp.
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A seminal work of great magnitude but weak in its analysis of pre-20th century history. This book gives a whirlwind tour of Austrian History from 1200-1900. Then the book slows down and achieves greatness in describing the intricacies of Franz Joseph¿s rule as well as WWI and the road to Anschloss with Germany. The book picks up by describing the little know portion of Austrian history, the post 1945 Austria. At first divided between the major power Austria then became a `permanently¿ neutral power, although a power that hosted a controversial leader in the form of Mr. Waldheim, a former Nazi. The book then covers the `awakening¿ of Austria as it found itself post cold war. Although not up to date, it doesn¿t cover the election of the right wind Jorg Haider, this is an excellent introduction and survey of Austrian history.