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If you want to discover the captivating history of Austria, then pay attention....

When Austrian President Franz Jonas visited the Vatican in 1971, Pope Paul VI named Austria “the Island of the Blessed”. He did so to emphasize Austria’s steep recovery. Only 25 years had passed since the end of the Second World War, and Austria was already one of the most prosperous European countries.

One might argue that Austria was always a rich country, and during the times of its Habsburg rulers, it certainly was. But after the dissolution of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, Austria was lost between two worlds - its German heritage and its multiethnic nation. As such, it was easy for Nazi Germany to hijack Austria, integrate it in its anti-Semitic scheme, and make it defy the whole Western World. Austria was deeply involved in the atrocities of World War II, but somehow, it managed to rise above it quicker than anyone would expect.

Listen to Captivating History’s History of Austria to discover the incredible impact this small country had on Central Europe, as well as:

  • When Austria was first mentioned by its name Österreich
  • The Roman Lime and how it related to Austria
  • The Babenbergs, the earliest rulers of Austria
  • How the Habsburgs took over the rule
  • What AEIOU stands for and how it translates to the divine right to rule
  • Learn all about the Habsburgs as Holy Roman emperors
  • How the dual monarchy of Austria-Hungary came to be
  • Learn more about the revolution in Central Europe and the rise of the Slavs
  • Who shot Franz Ferdinand and how the Great War really started
  • How Austria joined Germany and became a Nazi state
  • Learn about the steep rise of Austria as one of the richest and most socially secure European states

Buy this audiobook now to learn more about the history of Austria!

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I really enjoyed learning about the history of Austria. the chapter of how Austria dealt with the reformation was interesting.

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I love this book

love the narrator. he was easy to understand, to listen too. Austria, and the Habsburg dynasty was fascinating for me to learn

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a hodgepodge country

the history of Austria points out that it's basically a history without a country. it's always been a conglomeration of different peoples, rather than 1 main nationality. full of different cultures, languages n eventually, religions.

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  • Helen Unsworth
  • 01-22-22

Comprehensive Account of Austria through the ages

I enjoyed this audiobook on the history of Austria. It is well-narrated and captivates the listener from beginning to end. It gives a clear account of the importance of Austria because of its strategic position geographically. It is a landlocked country bordered by the Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Liechtenstein, Slovakia, Slovenia, and Switzerland. Well worth buying.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01-14-22

Worth Listening to

I am truly satisfied with this audiobook. Comprehensive enough for a lay reader yet only 4 hours so you will not get bored. Goog narrator and overall logical structure.