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The Habsburgsby Andrew Wheatcroft
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For more than six centuries, the strange and defiant Habsburg family ruled a polyglot empire sprawling from Audstria to the Adriatic Sea, from North Africa to Mexico. Researcher Andrew Wheatcroft shows how the dynasty's mystical vision and unsurpassed political acumen culminated in the culture that produced 20th-century giants such as Freud and Hitler. 16 pages of photographs.
This is a history of the rise to power and eventual decline of the Habsburg empire. This episode in history covers three centuries and traces their area of influence of almost all the countries of Europe. Material from both Spanish and Austrian archives has been used for this book.
"Splendidly rich...required reading for anyone who hopes to understand the real Europe."—Daily Telegraph.
Includes bibliographical references (p. -368) and index.
About the Author
Andrew Wheatcroft has written and lectured widely on European and Middle Eastern history. His books include The Ottomans and The Hapsburgs.
Table of Contents
List of Illustrations
Introduction to the Penguin Edition
1. The Castle of the Hawk: 1020-1300
2. Cosa Nostra (Our Cause): 1300-1400
3. Universal Empire (1400-1500)
4. El Dorado (The Golden One): 1550-1550
5. A War to the Last Extremity : 1550-1660
6. Felix Austria—the Happy State: 1660-1790
7. The Last Cavalier: 1790-1916
8. Finis Austraie: The End?: 1916-1995
Family Trees: The House of Habsburg, 1000-1922
Sources and Bibliography
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