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The emperors : how Europe's rulers were destroyed by the First World War

Author: Gareth Russell
Publisher: Stroud, Gloucestershire : Amberley, 2014. ©2014
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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On 28 June 1914, the heir to the Austro-Hungarian throne was assassinated on a visit to Sarajevo by a Serbian nationalist. The assassination set in motion the events that led to the outbreak of the First World War, bringing down the Austro-Hungarian Empire, ending nearly 8 centuries of Hapsburg rule and unleashing unrest across the European continent. By the end of that conflict, not only had the Austro-Hungarian  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Named Person: House of Habsburg; House of Romanov; House of Hohenzollern; William, German Emperor; Franz Joseph, Emperor of Austria; Nicholas, Emperor of Russia; Franz Joseph, Emperor of Austria; House of Habsburg; House of Hohenzollern; Nicholas, Emperor of Russia; House of Romanov; William, German Emperor
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Gareth Russell
ISBN: 9781445634333 1445634333 9781445634395 1445634392
OCLC Number: 892702043
Description: 256 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: Prologue: 'Oh, George, is the news very bad?' --
The Russian, German and Austro-Hungarian Monarchies in 1913: 'The Old World in its Sunset' --
Sarajevo, 28 June 1914: 'Terrible shock to the dear old Emperor' --
The Early War Years in Austria-Hungary and Germany: 'Go to the churches, knell down, and pray for help for our soldiers' --
Nicholas II's Wartime Leadership and the Rise of Rasputin: 'A spectacle at once magnificent and terrible' --
Total War and the Marginalisation of the Kaiser: 'His Majesty has no understanding of the seriousness of the situation' --
The Death of Franz Josef and the Accession of Karl: 'May God bless Your Majesty' --
The Assassination of Grigori Rasputin: 'I cannot and won't believe that he has been killed' --
The February Revolution and the Fall of the Russian Monarchy: 'May the Lord God help Russia' --
The Triumph of Military Government in Imperial Germany: 'The Military Dictatorship hardly veiled any more' --
The Sixtus Affair and the Attempts to End the War: 'It seems to me that we would gladly conclude peace with you' --
The Murder of the Romanovs: 'Our souls are at peace' --
The End of the War and the Fall of the Monarchies: 'It was neck and neck to the very end' --
Epilogue: 'She's too short to be Tatiana'.
Responsibility: Gareth Russell.

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The fascinating story of the Austrian, German and Russian imperial families during the four years of the First World War and the political and personal struggles that brought about their ruin.  Read more...

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