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The Resource Emperor Francis Joseph : life, death and the fall of the Habsburg Empire, John Van der Kiste

Emperor Francis Joseph : life, death and the fall of the Habsburg Empire, John Van der Kiste

Label
Emperor Francis Joseph : life, death and the fall of the Habsburg Empire
Title
Emperor Francis Joseph
Title remainder
life, death and the fall of the Habsburg Empire
Statement of responsibility
John Van der Kiste
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"In 1848, the Year of Revolutions, the popular but feeble-minded Emperor Ferdinand of Austria abdicated and his heir Archduke Francis Charles renounced his place in the succession in favour of his son Francis Joseph. Aged eighteen, Francis Joseph began a reign which would last for almost sixty-eight years, longer than any other modern European monarch. Yet, despite some successes, his reign would see the decline of the powerful Habsburg Empire, which had held sway in southern Europe for several centuries, and would be coloured by family tragedies." "As a ruler Francis Joseph was a natural autocrat but tempered absolutism with reform: during his reign he introduced general suffrage and presided over the Reichsrat, the forerunner to a constitutional parliament. Politically, his reign was a disaster: Austrian defeats in Italy led to the loss of the states of Lombardy, Tuscany and Modena, and the Empire was expelled from the German Confederation after her ally Prussia declared war and defeated Austria in a six-week campaign. The decline of the Empire was exacerbated by the horrific events in Francis Joseph's own family. His brother Maximillian, chosen as Emperor of Mexico in 1864, reigned over a country torn apart by civil war and was executed by firing squad three years later. Francis Joseph's wayward wife, Elizabeth, was assassinated in Geneva in 1898. Two of his heirs met violent deaths - his only son Rudolf killed his mistres and then committed suicide at his hunting lodge at Mayerling, while the assassination of his nephew Francis Ferdinand at Sarajevo precipitated the First World War." "John Van der Kiste's new book examines the personal relationships of Francis Joseph and the Habsburg family against the turbulent background of Europe in the nineteenth century. It is an account of the man who, despite the brief reign of his successor and great-nephew Charles, was to all intents and purposes the last Emperor of Austria."--Jacket
Biography type
individual biography
Cataloging source
UKM
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Van der Kiste, John
Dewey number
943.604092
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • plates
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Franz Joseph
  • Franz Joseph
  • Austria
  • Hungary
  • Austria
  • Austria
  • Hungary
  • Hungary
Label
Emperor Francis Joseph : life, death and the fall of the Habsburg Empire, John Van der Kiste
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 238-240) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
58554150
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
ix, 246 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780750937870
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
Label
Emperor Francis Joseph : life, death and the fall of the Habsburg Empire, John Van der Kiste
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 238-240) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
58554150
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
ix, 246 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780750937870
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations

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