Requiem Pour Un Empire Défunt: Histoire De La Destruction De L'autriche-Hongrie

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Requiem Pour Un Empire Défunt: Histoire De La Destruction De L'autriche-Hongrie

By François Fejtö
Lieu Commun, 1988
436 pp.
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François Fejtö joins battle with those who attribute the dissolution of the dual monarchy of the Hapsburgs to its own weaknesses and the centrifugal force of its restive and demanding nationalities. He lays the blame on the decisions of Allied leaders driven by their own ideologies and seduced by the clever propaganda of such as Masaryk, Beneš and R. W. Seton-Watson; in other words, it was destroyed not from within but from without. It is a book well worth reading, marred by careless errors but with interesting material on wartime diplomacy and the Austrian efforts for a separate peace. This controversy over history will probably never be settled and need not be, but the debate itself remains important because the problem of the organization and stability of central Europe, as a region of many nationalities and the clashing interests of outside powers, is as relevant today as it was in 1918.

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