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Uncrowned Emperor : The Life and Times of Otto Von Habsburg - Gordon Brook-Shepherd

Uncrowned Emperor

The Life and Times of Otto Von Habsburg

Paperback Published: 10th February 2007
ISBN: 9781852855499
Number Of Pages: 286

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The Austro-Hungarian Empire dominated central Europe until 1918, when the last Habsburg Emperor, Karl, fled into exile. Karl's death in 1921 made his nine-year-old son Otto head of the Hapsburg family, a position he has now held for over eighty years. Born heir presumptive to an empire that stretched from the Tyrol to Transylvania, and from Poland to Sarajevo, Otto von Habsburg's life has both affected and been reflected in some of the most dramatic and historic events of the twentieth century. As a four year old in 1916, he walked in the funeral procession of the Emperor Franz Josef. Otto von Habsburg later became the focus of royalist loyalty, a Habsburg restoration attracting considerable political support until the Second World War. Refusing any contact with Hitler (whose code name for the Anschluss was Operation Otto), he fled first to France then America, where he formed a friendship with F.D. Roosevelt. Never living in the past, he later became a highly respected Member of the European Parliament.

Illustrations; Introduction; 1. A Shaky Inheritance; 2. The Perfect Match; 3. Collape: A Child's Eye View; 4. Exile at Home: Eckartsau; 5. Swiss Dramas; 6.. 'Your Majesty'; 7. The Conundrum of the Crown; 8. Meltdown in Vienna; 9. Fatal Encounter; 10. Takeover by Telephone; 11. Hoecoming; 12. New Horizons; 13. Across the Water; 14. Dropping Anchor; 15. Mr Europe; 16. Balance Sheet; 17. Royal Endgame; Notes; Bibliography; Index.

ISBN: 9781852855499
ISBN-10: 1852855495
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 286
Published: 10th February 2007
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 20.96 x 16.51  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.46
Edition Number: 1
Edition Type: New edition