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Emperor Francis Joseph: Life, Death and the Fall of the Habsburg Empire

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In 1848, 28-year-old Francis Joseph became King of Hungary and Emperor of Austria. He would reign for almost 68 years, the longest of any modern European monarch. Focusing on the life of Emperor Francis Joseph and his family, this book examines their personal relationships against the turbulent background of the 19th century.
Hardcover, 246 pages
Published September 1st 2005 by Sutton Publishing
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Martin Witchard
Archduke Francis Joseph was born in 1830 and in 1848 became Emperor Francis Joseph, leader of the Habsburg empire, spanning northern Italy in the west to modern day Bulgaria in the east and north to the borders of Poland and Russia.

In his lifetime Francis Joseph saw the deaths of his brother Maximilian in Mexico, the suicide of his son Rudolf, the assassination of his wife Elizabeth and, finally, the assassination of his heir and potential successor, Francis Ferdinand in Sarajevo, precipitating
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May 10, 2013 Chandler Poling rated it liked it
An excellent biography dumbed down to pretty simple language, easy to understand and digest. The author seems to favor the subject of the book, Franz Joseph, a little too much for my tastes. Defending the man's decisions and actions and almost parenting situations that should have been left to the reader to decide.
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