The Austrians: A Thousand-Year Odyssey PDF/EPUB ´ The

  • Paperback
  • 512 pages
  • The Austrians: A Thousand-Year Odyssey
  • Gordon Brook-Shepherd
  • English
  • 11 September 2016
  • 9780786711024

10 thoughts on “The Austrians: A Thousand-Year Odyssey

  1. Jaroslav Tuček Jaroslav Tuček says:

    As an overview of Austrian history which both the book's subtitle and description seem to promise The Austrians resoundingly disappoints The first thousand years until the reign of Franz Joseph I are rushed over in a couple of pages with almost all details left out For example here is the entire coverage of the War of Austrian SuccessionThere 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 PrussiaFortunately beginning with the revolutionary year 1848 and even 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 he 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 BerlinThe 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 honest dropped the opening part and called his book Austria in the 20th Century

  2. Lauren Albert Lauren Albert says:

    The book is marred by two things one is the obvious bias against Austria and the Austrians which is odd in light of the second his ego as it shows in his mentions at the beginning and in footnotes of his personal relationship with some of the prominent players He can't say that he learned something at a concert of a composer but must say that he learned it at a private concert at his own home The bias is all over the place here are some representative examplesclassic case of Austrian muddle in generalin true muddle headed Viennese styleAustrians were not made for barricadesas always in the story of Austrian protestors their lungs proved stronger than their willThe Austrian revolutionary spirit had shown itself as ever to be made of very damp dynamiteThe condescension is affectionate as if he is patting the Austrians on their heads

  3. Zach Zach says:

    Over all not great it covered 1000 years and almost every step of the way I get they shifted topic just as it was going interesting Part of the problem is that it may be called a thousand year Odyssey but half the book is about the 20th century and the uarter before was the 19th leaving the first uarter to cover the balance So if you want to know about Austria in the 19th and 20th century it’s a good read if you want their full history keep looking

  4. Iván Camilo Iván Camilo says:

    The Austrians is a book about the history of Austria since 1000 years ago focused on recent history it is detailed in the XIX and XX century It makes an effort to explain the past of Austria that once was an empire beyond its boundaries because of the influence of Habsburgs The book has a kind narrative and sometimes it is objective Austrian spirit usually is described like a middle point between extreme poles This attitude was born in the Austro Hungarian empire when it was reuired to conceal different ethnic groups I would dare to state this ambiguous spirit is the main character of the book Usually it is also contrasted with the harshness of German landsIn fact the incapability to define the links with German definition and the need to be defined as a diverse culture too explains the conflicts of history that Austria had to assume For example the first world war that exploded and meant the division of the empire It implied to make an alliance with Germany in order to define the Austro Hungarian position in the world Paradoxically this point of definition implied the end of the empireUsually when some of the poles has been taken by Austrians it has meant destruction and embarrassment When Austria was annexed to Germany by Hitler it meant another failure and defeat On the other hand the recovery of Austria republic implied neutrality to present to the world like trustworthy allyIn spite of the stated before the author presents the decision to become a European Member which implies taking a side as one of the only decisions taken by Austrian people

  5. Brendan Steinhauser Brendan Steinhauser says:

    This excellent book covers Austrian history self identity and political culture over the centuries It focuses mainly on the 19th and early 20th centuries when the Austrian empire was beginning its decline The author does a good job explaining the tensions between the various nationalities within the empire Germans Czechs Magyars Slovenes etc but he also helps the reader understand the tension between Austria and the German empire Germany He explores the Austrians' Germanness and their relationships with Prussia Bavaria and other German states and principalities throughout Austrian history After reading this book the reader will better understand the Austrian psyche the country's glorious past and its modern psychological insecurities As someone who has visited Vienna I have seen these first hand I would recommend this book to anyone with an interest in Austrian history German history or Central European history broadly as they are all intertwined and almost inseparable

  6. Dan Mccarthy Dan Mccarthy says:

    Read sections 2 5 to get a good overview of the Austro Hungarian Emipre between 1848 1918 and the post war collapse Very well read and researched though it does become confusing with the many names of people throughout the book

  7. Billy Connard Billy Connard says:

    One of my hobbies is doing family research I was looking for a book that would give me some background info on the area This book was then helpful Very informative

  8. Yeongbae K Yeongbae K says:

    I enjoyed reading the book I knew a little bit about the Habsburg Empire Now I know how it contributes to Austria's history It is interesting how such an empire managed to exist for so long

  9. Amy Amy says:

    My attempt to read this is turning into a thousand year odyssey

  10. Peter Sørensen Peter Sørensen says:

    A very interesting story about the History of not just Austria but the whole of Europe Also a valuable insight in to how the apocalypse of the two world wars came about

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The Austrians: A Thousand-Year Odyssey❰PDF / Epub❯ ☄ The Austrians: A Thousand-Year Odyssey Author Gordon Brook-Shepherd – 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 c This is a masterful survey of Austria's controversial A Thousand-Year Epub Þ 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 pages of photographs and maps are included Connoisseurs of Austria and its delightful and The Austrians: ePUB ½ infuriating inhabitants will agree that Mr Brook Shepherd has got it just about right'—The Wall Street Journal Engrossing elegantly written history'—Publishers Weekly.

About the Author: Gordon Brook-Shepherd

Gordon Brook Shepherd was a British A Thousand-Year Epub Þ historian and journalist best known for his work on the history of central and eastern Europe.