The Crossroads of Civilization: A History of Vienna

The Crossroads of Civilization: A History of Vienna

by Angus Robertson
The Crossroads of Civilization: A History of Vienna

The Crossroads of Civilization: A History of Vienna

by Angus Robertson


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"From the Congress of Vienna to the Austria World Summit, the city of Vienna has hosted key meetings on peace to climate action. This is a first-class book about Vienna as the crossroads of civilization and as the international capital." —Arnold Schwarzenegger

“A pleasure to read and a journey of discovery even for those who know this city well.”—Austrian President Alexander Van der Bellen

“Vienna’s global standing in history, culture, and groundbreaking social policy is wonderfully captured in this book.”—Vienna Mayor and Governor Michael Ludwig

A rich and illuminating history of the world capital that has transformed art, culture, and politics.

Vienna is unique amongst world capitals in its consistent international importance over the centuries. From the ascent of the Habsburgs as Europe's leading dynasty to the Congress of Vienna, which reordered Europe in the wake of Napoleon's downfall, to bridge-building summits during the Cold War, Vienna has been the scene of key moments in world history.

Scores of pivotal figures were influenced by their time in Vienna, including: Empress Maria Theresa, Count Metternich, Bertha von Suttner, Theodore Herzl, Gustav Mahler, Adolf Hitler, Josef Stalin, John F. Kennedy, and many others. In a city of great composers, artists, and thinkers, it is here that both the most positive and destructive ideas of recent history have developed.

From its time as the capital of an imperial superpower, through war, dissolution, dictatorship to democracy Vienna has reinvented itself and its relevance to the rest of the world.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781639361953
Publisher: Pegasus Books
Publication date: 08/02/2022
Pages: 464
Sales rank: 438,204
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.60(d)

About the Author

Angus Robertson began his journalistic career with the Austrian Broadcasting Corporation (ORF) and also reported from Vienna for National Public Radio, the BBC, Ireland’s RTÉ and other leading broadcasters. In 2016 he was awarded the Decoration of Honour for Services to the Republic of Austria, the country’s highest national honour. From 2001 to 2017 he was a member of the UK House of Commons and in 2021 was elected as Member of the Scottish Parliament for Edinburgh Central. He is currently Cabinet Secretary for the Constitution, External Affairs and Culture in the Scottish government.

Table of Contents

Picture credits vi

Introduction and Acknowledgements vii

Maps xiii

1 From Vindobona to Vienna 1

2 The Imperial Habsburg Capital 22

3 The Empire Strikes Back 51

4 Revolting French and Napoleon 87

5 The Glorious Moment: The Congress of Vienna 105

6 The Concert of Europe: The Age of Metternich 135

7 The Longest Reign 163

8 Nervous Splendour: Fin de Siècle 193

9 Waltzing to War 232

10 The First Republic to the Third Reich 269

11 Occupation, Intrigue and Espionage 306

12 Diplomatic Capital 329

Epilogue 363

Notes 367

Bibliography 399

Index 425

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