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A History Of The Habsburg Empire 1526-1918

3.47 of 5 stars 3.47  ·  rating details  ·  51 ratings  ·  7 reviews
"An impressive achievement in a task of extraordinary difficulty...The outstanding asset of this work does not consist in in its comprehensiveness and objectivity, however, nor even in the wide knowledge and special expertise Kann can bring to bear from his early legal training, his formidable scholarship on the nationalities question, and his keen critical appreciation of ...more
Hardcover, First Edition, 664 pages
Published November 7th 1974 by University of California Press (first published October 8th 1974)
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Mike
I hardly know how to begin my review of this book. For me, it was a difficult book to plow through.

"A History of The Habsburg Empire" is a long, drawn out mixture of people, politics, war, countries, ever changing national boundaries, language, arts, sciences, literature, and much more.

To understand the world we now live in, it is imperative that we understand the Habsburg Empire, for its impact is still heavily felt upon our present world. However, the reader does not gain enough knowledge fro
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Wesley
I'm currently about 150 pages through this exhaustive and rather technical history of the Habsburg Empire. I picked it up at a used bookstore in Florida a year ago because it was cheap and looked academic, and started reading 2 weeks ago because I was overcome with the desire to learn something I knew nothing about: namely, the history of central and eastern europe. The grammar is pretty bad and historical proper nouns are thrown at the reader without explanation with ghastly regularity (i.e. na ...more
Mark Singer
Aug 16, 2010 Mark Singer rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone interested in European history, but with some hesitation
Recommended to Mark by: no one
The best history books are those that are written as literature and make the past come alive as a story. The worst are those that list events as a series of facts. Unfortunately Kann's book falls into the latter category. I really wanted to like this as it has been gathering dust since I purchased it back in 1986, and recently unearthed it as part of my summer 2010 reading on 19th century European history.
To be fair, I did not read the entire book, just chapters VI-X, or those parts which dealt
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Julian Haigh
The Habsburg empire was held together somewhat tenuously through changing cultural trends of Europe from marriage, confessional and finally to national interests. The structure of how a family maintained such a defining role in Europe for over 500 is detailed painstakingly. Kann focuses on the structure, culture, and their interplay over 400 years.
Walt
Well researched and organized; but dense and confusing. It was better for me to use it as a quick reference (not the intention of the author) and look for more specialized books.
Windsor
A good definitive account of a very powerful family. Part of the reason I liked this book is because of the detail of family politics.
Phillip Tigue
Dense but exhaustive research.
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