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This is an auction for DANUBIA: A PERSONAL HISTORY OF HABSBURG EUROPE, by Simon Winder.

"Making five centuries of Habsburg history fun seems like a tall order, but Winder pulls it off."
- Foreign Affairs magazine

"Winder describes this account as a 'personal history', allowing him space for whimsy, for a great deal of Haydn, for careful analysis of paintings and the freedom to favour certain emperors because they were interesting people rather than political heavyweights. It all makes for an excellent, rich and amusing read."
- The Times

"The Habsburg Empire was a ramshackle, lumbering old giant that held a central place in European politics from the Middle Ages to the end of WWI, ruled by the dominant dynasty of Europe for four centuries, the Habsburg family. Winder set out to wander through the lands that used to constitute the empire, describing and reflecting on what he sees now, particularly in terms of the appearance of villages, towns, and cities, and what he knows through his research as to how things used to look when the Habsburgs held sway. The sentiment around which he builds his narrative is that the longevity of the Habsburg dynasty was due to a mix of cunning, dimness, luck and brilliance. This personalized, almost you-are-there view of history results in an arresting combination of anecdote and scholarly examination, where the interests of serious armchair travellers and devoted students of European history meet."
- Booklist (US)

Very favourable reviews on Amazon.com.

Large format (trade) paperback 2013.

550 pages.

Very good condition.

The cost of shipping is $4.95, or $6.95 by tracked mail. If you are on rural delivery and want tracked mail, the shipping cost will be $9.95.

There is of course no charge for shipping if you collect this book from my shop in Palmerston North following the auction.

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  • Seller location: Palmerston North, Manawatu, NZ

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