The Austrians: A Thousand-year Odyssey

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The nation-state of Austria has only existed since the fall of the Austro-Hungarian Habsburg empire in 1918. This work examines the Austrian people's struggle to find their identity against the pull of multi-national Danubian traditions on one hand and racial German ties on the other. It also describes the role the Austrians have to play in the modern world and how they have come to terms with their recent past.

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Austria stands at the heart of Europe, but despite the Austrians’ long history their nation state has only existed since the fall of the Austro-Hungarian empire in 1918. For centuries they struggled to find their own identity, against the pull of multi-national Danubian traditions on the one hand and racial German ties on the other. Who are the Austrians? To what extent have they come to terms with their recent past, notably Hitler's 'Anschluss' and the Waldheim affair? And what will they bring to their new role as members of a united Europe?

Gordon Brook-Shepherd has witnessed much of Austria's post-war history himself, first as a soldier and then as a foreign correspondent based in Vienna. He has had access to private Hapsburg family archives, and has personally known several of Austria's Chancellors. The result is a unique blend of academic research and political experience.

‘Brook-Shepherd knows more about Austria and the Austrians than any living Englishman… And written with a verve and style now too rarely seen, this book is a delight to read… a sustained tour de force, the best written and most lively account of modern Austria available anywhere.’
ANDREW WHEATCROFT, 'Sunday Times'

‘A very enjoyable book, with a wealth of detail and some wonderful insights… good turns of phrase and a rattling pace.’
ADAM ZAMOYSKI, 'Evening Standard'

‘A most readable and in every way readable book’
CHARLES CHEVENIX TRENCH, 'Irish Independent'

‘Excellent… great narrative verve’
SIMON HEFFER, 'Daily Mail'

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Gordon Brook-Shepherd has witnessed much of Austria’s post-war history himself, first as a soldier and then as a foreign correspondent based in Vienna. He has had access to private Hapsburg family archives, and has personally known several of Austria’s Chancellors.

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Brook-Shepherd, Gordon
Published by Harpercollins (1997)
ISBN 10: 000638255X ISBN 13: 9780006382553
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