Twilight of the Habsburgs: The Life and Times of Emperor Francis Joseph
No ruler in modern times reigned in full sovereignty for as long as Francis Joseph, emperor of Austria and king of Hungary, Bohemia, Dalmatia, Croatia, and Slavonia. Titular master of central Europe from 1848 until 1916, he was center stage in Europe throughout the dramatic era in which Italy and Germany emerged as united nation states. His personal decisions were vital both to the outcome of the Crimean War and to the onset of World War I, sixty years later. Far more than a biography of a great ruler, Twilight of the Habsburgs is a social, cultural, political, and military history of Europe from the end of the Napoleonic era to the assassination at Sarajevo. "Just the right balance between the story of Francis Joseph's life and the history of his times." -- The New York Times Book Review; "Excellent and absorbing . . . A compelling read." -- Evening Standard (London).
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Review: Twilight of the Habsburgs: The Life and Times of Emperor Francis Joseph (Paperback)User Review - Katherine Baber - Goodreads
Interesting more because of the history and personalities involved than because of the mediocre writing. Read full review
Review: Twilight of the Habsburgs: The Life and Times of Emperor Francis Joseph (Paperback)User Review - Daniel Rosenthal - Goodreads
Picked this before I head to Austria in a few months. Certainly not the most interesting historical figure (although the longest reigning emperor in modern times 1848-1916). Most of the book is pretty ... Read full review