The Resource Danubia : a personal history of Habsburg Europe, Simon Winder

Danubia : a personal history of Habsburg Europe, Simon Winder

Label
Danubia : a personal history of Habsburg Europe
Title
Danubia
Title remainder
a personal history of Habsburg Europe
Statement of responsibility
Simon Winder
Title variation
Personal history of Habsburg Europe
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
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. The sentiment around which he builds his colorful narrative is that the longevity of the Habsburg dynasty was due to a mix of cunning, dimness, luck, and brilliance. (About one particular archduke, Winder says, he was one of the Habsburgs who make the family worthwhile, who make up for all the pious timeservers who congest the family tree.) This personalized, almost you-are-there view of history results in an arresting combination of anecdote and scholarly examination, where the interests of serious armchair travelers and devoted students of European history meet.--Brad Hooper, Booklist
Cataloging source
JAI
Dewey number
943.6/03
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Label
Danubia : a personal history of Habsburg Europe, Simon Winder
Publication
Copyright
Note
Originally published: London, UK : Picador, 2013
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 517-528) and index
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Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • Cultic sites
  • Young Poland
  • Chapter 14
  • 'The fat churchy one'
  • 439
  • Night music
  • Transylvanian rocketry
  • Psychopathologies of everyday life
  • The end begins
  • Chapter 15
  • The curse of military contingency
  • The elected Caesars
  • 471
  • Sarajevo
  • The Przemysl catastrophe
  • Last train to Wilsonville
  • A pastry shell
  • The price of defeat
  • Triumphs of indifference
  • Chapter 2
  • The heir of Hector
  • 51
  • The great wizard
  • Gnomes on horseback
  • Juana's children
  • Help from the Fuggers
  • The disaster
  • Place names
  • Chapter 3
  • 'Mille regretz'
  • 87
  • 'The strangest thing that ever happened'
  • The armour of heroes
  • Europe under siege
  • The pirates' nest
  • A real bear-moat
  • Chapter 4
  • The other Europe
  • The Habsburg family
  • 117
  • Bezoars and nightclub hostesses
  • Hunting with cheetahs
  • The seven fortresses
  • Chapter 5
  • A surprise visit from a flying hut
  • 'His divine name will be inscribed in the stars'
  • Death in Eger
  • Burial rites and fox-clubbing
  • The devil-doll
  • Chapter 1
  • How to build the Tower of Babel
  • Chapter 6
  • Genetic terrors
  • 177
  • The struggle for mastery in Europe
  • A new frontier
  • Zeremonialprotokoll
  • Bad news if you are a cockatrice
  • Private pleasures
  • Chapter 7
  • Tombs, trees and a swamp
  • Jesus vs. Neptune
  • 209
  • The first will
  • Devotional interiors
  • The second will
  • Zips and Piasts
  • Chapter 8
  • The great crisis
  • 243
  • Austria wears trousers
  • 17
  • The Gloriette
  • The war on Christmas cribs
  • Illustrious corpses
  • Carving up the world
  • Chapter 9
  • 'Sunrise'
  • 277
  • An interlude of rational thoughtfulness
  • Defeat by Napoleon, part one
  • Defeat by Napoleon, part two
  • Wandering peoples
  • Things somehow get even worse
  • An intimate family wedding
  • Back to nature
  • Chapter 10
  • A warning to legitimists
  • 313
  • Problems with loyal subjects
  • Un vero quarantotto
  • Mountain people
  • Chapter 11
  • The hawk's fortress
  • The Temple to Glorious Disaster
  • 343
  • New Habsburg empires
  • The stupid giant
  • Funtime of the nations
  • The deal
  • An expensive sip of water
  • Chapter 12
  • Mapping out the future
  • 375
  • 'Look behind you!'
  • The lure of the Orient
  • Refusals
  • Village of the damned
  • On the move
  • The Führer
  • Chapter 13
  • The sheep and the melons
  • 411
  • Elves, caryatids, lots of allegorical girls
  • Monuments to a vanished past
Control code
ocn868229541
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First American edition.
Extent
xiii, 551 pages
Isbn
9780374175290
Isbn Type
(hc.)
Lccn
2013953269
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
http://library.link/vocab/recordID
u1176131
System control number
  • (Sirsi) o868229541
  • (OCoLC)868229541

Library Locations

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