The Habsburgs: Embodying Empire Paperback – May 1 1997
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About the Author
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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From the traditional historical point of view-that in which history is the chronology recounting of war and changes in power-nothing of significance really happened in Austria that wasn't somehow associated with the Habsburgs. Whether or not this is the case is the subject of a different book-the subject of this one is the Habsburg family itself. Although their presence lasted longer in Austria than anywhere else, this powerful family also ruled the Netherlands, and Spain, and often provided the figurehead for the Holy Roman Empire.
Probably to an extent greater than any other royal house, the Habsburgs had their greatest successes not on the battlefield, but in the bedroom. They married their way to what at one point was the largest empire in the world, encompassing not only the majority of the German-speaking lands, but also the Lowlands, the Iberian peninsula, and the Spanish territories in North and South America, and Asia. Quite a feat for a dynasty that had been chased out of their hereditary home and namesake 300 years earlier by pitchfork-wielding Swiss peasants. The Habsburg story is more concerned with the issues of power than it is with warfare, which often went quite badly for them.
Given a unique and interesting subject, the author takes a somewhat non-traditional approach.Read more ›
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While there are some interesting parts to this book, the reader should be aware, this is not a history of the Habsburgs in the usual sense, but a discussion of the dynasty's use of... Read morePublished 11 months ago by R Helen
This is an interesting and focused study of the way in which a minor family created an imperial legend. Read morePublished on March 7 2002 by Anna Rhodes
I couldn't agree more with the reader from San Diego. Poorly edited, badly researched, no balance and uninformative for a fairly well read history buff.Published on Feb. 8 2001 by Tania Kantzios
I found this book to be a superb investigation of the House of Habsburg. Regarding the other reviews present on this site, the author indicated in the opening chapter that his book... Read morePublished on Nov. 21 2000 by Fr. Robert Miskell
very good information on the early lineage of habsburgs, that are not covered in modern history. not a great deal of information of the habsburgs who went on to romania and other... Read morePublished on Sept. 24 1999 by firstname.lastname@example.org
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