The Whirlpool of Europe

The Whirlpool of Europe

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The Whirlpool of Europe

The Whirlpool of Europe

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This book is designed to meet the wants of the general reader, who, without time or inclination for historical and political research, is yet anxious to understand the events that are taking place in Central and Southern Europe. The authors believe that there is no book in the English language--and perhaps none in any language--which gathers up all the loose strands of this tangled web and weaves them together into a coherent whole. Many valuable studies and monographs have been written on various phases or sections of the subject, but of Austria-Hungary as a whole, of the political, racial, and social evolution of the countries over which the Habsburg Emperor-King holds sway, there exists at present no account to which the reader can turn. The paramount importance of the Austro-Hungarian question in European politics, and the crisis which seems to be impending in the affairs of the Dual Monarchy, are enough in themselves to attract attention, but apart from them this Whirlpool of Europe is a region full of interest, packed with historical associations of the most entrancing character and at the same time pulsing with modern life and the problems of social and political development. It has been well said that nowhere else in Europe is the past so intermingled with the present, and under the Emperor-King Francis Joseph one may study at the same time every phase of European civilisation, and . . .

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