A royal mess, more like it. But an important piece in the puzzle of understanding the period between 1865-1914 and why it was the most intellectually fruitful time in history yet the root of so many wrong ideas and evil events of the 20th century. Genius abounded in Vienna--Freud, Mahler, Klimt, Brahms, Strauss--yet so did a proto-anti-Semitism that planted a seed in the minds of the Hitler family, parents of little Adolf born in Austria in 1889. Royalty ruled the "united" … more
Bob Gore loaned this book to us in response to our plea for information about Austria and Switzerland. I was unsure of its interest for me at first, fearing that it might be little more than a condensed version of the scholarly work that kept popping up on all my book searches called The History of the Hapsburgs from way too long ago until 1918 (I paraphrase from memory). On the other hand, I had to admire an historian who limited himself not only to one city, but to a nine month time period. That's … more
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