Sunday, January 23, 2011


While I was on holiday in Vienna I purchased the Habsburg Monarchy 1809-1918 by AJP Taylor.

Being English I don't know much about European history. The Habsburg's were a royal family who ruled many European countries. They prefered to cut deals by marriage rather than war. This worked for a long time, but the inbreeding caused problems in the end.

The book was about the relationship between Hungary and Austria and surrounding countries. It was interesting to read about the various compromises required to rule.