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 ha...more
Paperback, 483 pages
Published June 28th 1997 by HarperCollins Publishers
(first published January 1996)
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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 quarter before was the 19th leaving the first quarter 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.