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Danubia: A Personal History of Habsburg Europe (original 2013; edition 2014)
by Simon Winder (Author)
Danubia: A Personal History of Habsburg Europe by Simon Winder (2013)
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0374175292, Hardcover)
A charmingly personal history of Hapsburg Europe, as lively as it is informative, by the author of Germania
Danubia, Simon Winder’s hilarious new book, plunges the reader into a maelstrom of alchemy, skeletons, jewels, bear-moats, unfortunate marriages and a guinea-pig village. Full of music, piracy, religion and fighting, it is the history of a strange dynasty, and the people they ruled, who spoke many different languages, lived in a vast range of landscapes, believed in rival gods and often showed a marked ingratitude towards their oddball ruler in Vienna. Readers who discovered Simon Winder’s storytelling genius and infectious curiosity in Germania will be delighted by the eccentric and fascinating tale of the Habsburgs and their world.
(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:04:37 -0400)
The Habsburg Empire was a ramshackle, lumbering old giant centered in the Danube Valley that held a central place in European politics from the Middle Ages to the end of WW I, ruled by the dominant dynasty of Europe for four centuries, the Habsburg family. Winder set out to wander through the lands that used to constitute the empire, describing and reflecting on what he sees now, particularly in terms of the appearance of villages, towns, and cities, and what he knows through his research as to how things used to look when the Habsburgs held sway.
(summary from another edition)
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