- Taschenbuch: 512 Seiten
- Verlag: Basic Books (27. Januar 2003)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 0786711027
- ISBN-13: 978-0786711024
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 15,2 x 3 x 22,9 cm
- Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 4 Kundenrezensionen
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- Nr. 502 in Westeuropäische Geschichte
- Nr. 10168 in Weltgeschichte
The Austrians: A Thousand-Year Odyssey (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 27. Januar 2003
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This is a masterful survey of Austria's controversial place at the heart of European history. From the Reformation through the Napoleonic and Cold Wars to European Union, a superb history of Austria's central role in uniting Western civilization is covered. 24 pages of photographs and maps are included. "Connoisseurs of Austria and its delightful and infuriating inhabitants will agree that Mr. Brook-Shepherd has got it just about right. ''The Wall Street Journal "Engrossing, elegantly written history. ''Publishers Weekly
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Towards the end (p. 421), while discussing the role of Archduke Otto in the immediate post war years, he speaks very dismissively of the Von Trapp family. Saying the Von Trapps - "whose singing family of exiles had found fame in Hollywood" - were the only Austrians known to the American public. The Von Trapp family made a new life for themselves with their singing. Remember that they were essentially penniless when they escaped from Austria. The family supported themselves by their singing long before "The Sound of Music". I remember them in cncert during WW2 at a concert at a local junior high school. "The Sound of Music" appeared twenty years later. Too many times during the book, there are rather snobbish and elitist comments such as this one and lessens the author's credibility as a result.
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"There is no need to recount here how the young and inexperienced empress survived the onslaught on her inheritance which was now lavished by those same powers who had promised to respect it; but survive, at the end, she did, though at the heavy cost of yielding up Silesia to Frederick II of Prussia."
Fortunately, beginning with the revolutionary year 1848, and even more so around the two world wars, the account becomes very detailed and interesting. The author has had first-hand experience with many of the events as an officer in Vienna's Allied Commission, and it shows throughout the text. It is nevertheless frustrating how the author skimmed over the period of Austria as a major European power and focused so much on the time when the Germans in Vienna decidedly started to play second fiddle to the Germans in Berlin.
The book enjoys almost no competition in the English language and so the reader cannot be too picky. This particular reader however wishes that the author had been more honest, dropped the opening part and called his book Austria in the 20th Century.