Twilight of the Habsburgs: The Life and Times of Emperor Francis Joseph

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Atlantic Monthly Press, 1997 - Biography & Autobiography - 400 pages
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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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Contents

SCHÖNBRUNN 1830
1
A BIEDERMEIER BOYHOOD
12
YEAR OF REVOLUTION
28
APOTHEOSIS OF THE ARMY
49
MARRIAGE
64
IT IS MY PLEASURE
80
ITALY WITHOUT RADETZKY
98
POWER REMAINS IN MY HANDS
114
FATHER AND SON
214
GOLDEN EPOCH
228
MAYERLING AND AFTER
246
SPARED NOTHING
267
THE BELVEDERE
286
TWO JOURNEYS TO SARAJEVO
300
WAR
325
SCHÖNBRUNN 1916
340

IN BISMARCKS SHADOW
130
THE HOLY CROWN OF ST STEPHEN
148
FACING BOTH WAYS
165
A GLIMMER OF LIGHT
180
THE HERZEGOVINA AND BOSNIA
195
INTO HISTORY
345
NOTES AND SOURCES
350
ALTERNATIVE PLACE NAMES
374
INDEX
375
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Alan Palmer is an independent scholar living in London, England. He has a PhD from the University of East London.

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