The Habsburgs: Embodying Empire

Paperback | May 1, 1997

byAndrew Wheatcroft

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The Habsburgs have been described at one extreme as demons – responsible for a ‘long history of atrocities’; and, at the other, as dodos – living fossils unable to adapt to the modern world. In reality, the flamboyant royal family appear, in many ways, to have behaved much like most other monarchies. Their story, however, is none the less enthralling for that. It is populated by such unforgettable figures as mad Queen Juana, progressing through Spain with her husband’s decaying body; the ‘heroically fertile’ Maria Theresa, and the quixotic Maximilian, ‘Emperor’ of Mexico.

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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 ...

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The Habsburgs have been described at one extreme as demons – responsible for a ‘long history of atrocities’; and, at the other, as dodos – living fossils unable to adapt to the modern world. In reality, the flamboyant royal family appear, in many ways, to have behaved much like most other monarchies. Their story, however, is none the l...

Andrew Wheatcroft has written and lectured widely on European and Middle Eastern history. His books include The Ottomans and The Hapsburgs.

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Format:PaperbackPublished:May 1, 1997Publisher:Penguin Publishing Group

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0140236341

ISBN - 13:9780140236347

Appropriate for ages: 18 - 18

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Maps
Introduction to the Penguin Edition
Acknowledgments
Preface
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
Notes
Sources and Bibliography
Index

From Our Editors

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