Francis Joseph's long reign witnessed almost unimaginable changes and was beset by many complex problems, many of which still confront the modern world, in the multiethnic strife in the Balkans for example. This book considers the importance of his reign on his times and its contemporary relevance.
A new study of Francis Joseph (Emperor of Austria, 1848-1916) which explores the many facets of the Habsburg monarchy in its final phase. Steven Beller looks at the reality of absolute rule, the rise of nationalism within the empire and Francis Joseph's role in the countdown to the First World War. This engrossing study is both a portrait of the last monarch of the old school and an essay on the nature of power.
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'...this excellent book...' Times Literary Supplement "This new study is both fascinating and accessible. It can be strongly recommended as the best way to initiate students in the colourful but intricate development of the late Habsburg empire." "German History", 1999
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