For centuries Europe was in the hands of the peculiar Habsburg dynasty, which ruled over big parts of Central Europe and Germany until 1918 and was involved with everything that happened in Europe. Danubia is the collective term for countries and regions surrounding the Danube river, the home of the Habsburgers.
Simon Winder travels through this vast region, with its varied landscapes, cities and towns, with great enthusiasm. In his very personal way, he shares his knowledge, amazement and observations and explains how this dynasty’s complex history fits together. And he writes about the people and nations over which it ruled. People who were often remarkably ungrateful towards their eccentric ruler in Vienna.
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