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Title:
Uncrowned emperor : the life and times of Otto von Habsburg
Author:
Brook-Shepherd, Gordon, 1918-2004.
Publication Information:
London : Hambledon and London, [2003]

©2003
Physical Description:
xiv, 254 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, portraits ; 24 cm
Language:
English
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ISBN:
9781852854393
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Book

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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 Habsburg 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.


Table of Contents

Illustrations
Introductopn
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