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Wednesday, January 16, 2019
To Vienna, with Love In Kevin Wignall’s new thriller, Vienna takes the spotlight and steals the show With a name like To Die in Vienna, Kevin Wignall’s new novel might give the impression of being one of those dark, death-obsessed literary discursions set here in the past. But despite the title, this lean thriller actually paints a kinder picture of our...
In Rebel Modernists, Liane Lefaivre traces 120 years of Viennese design since Otto Wagner. Urban design has a long and distinguished history in Vienna. Consistently ranked as one of the world’s most liveable cities, it has repeatedly produced beyond its size and been a front-runner in progressive architecture for well over a century. And that, argues Professor Ordinarius at the...
How the US Army helped preserve the famed Lipizzaners in the final days of WWII Weeks from the end of the Second World War, a rogue unit of the American Army slipped across the lines into the Sudetenland on a clandestine mission to a secluded horse farm. For housed at Hostau – today Hostouň in Czechia – were not just...
Military Diplomacy
Tim Hadley details just how much the German General Staff knew about the weaknesses of the Austrian-Hungarian army Until German unification in 1871, Austria-Hungary and the German states had been in near-constant conflict. Hopes for a “Greater German Solution” with a Habsburg-dominated Central Europe ended in 1866, with the Austrians suffering a crushing defeat that led to a new constitution...
Thriller
Benjamin Black’s addictive new thriller re-creates an irresistible world of sex and sorcery in 16th century Prague It’s a snowy December 1599 in Prague, then the capital of the Habsburg Empire, and the emperor’s mistress has had her throat brutally slashed open. A naïve young scholar, new in the city but with delusions of grandeur, has been tasked to solve...
In After Europe, Ivan Krastev argues that the refugee crisis is Europe’s gravest threat Europe is in crisis and Ivan Krastev is worried. As at the end of the Habsburg dynasty a century ago, “Europeans are living at a moment when paralyzing uncertainty captures a society’s imagination” the Bulgarian political scientist argues in After Europe. Torn between hectic activity and...
Marshall Plan
70 years later, the Marshall Plan remains a model for foreign aid policy in everybody’s interest. In retrospect, the past seems inevitable. But even in late 1947, a discouraged US Secretary of State George C. Marshall gave his European Recovery Program no more than a 50/50 chance of passing Congress. How it came to be, and to alter the future...
Asperger
Edith Sheffer updates the record on the famed Austrian physician to chilling effect As a pioneer of autistic psychopathy, Hans Asperger has a benevolent image as a “champion of neuro-diversity,” writes historian Edith Sheffer. His diagnoses gave a name to behaviors that had previously tainted and excluded young children. Rather than dismiss them, Asperger “sympathized with their challenges, advocated their...
book review angel of oblivion
Maja Haderlap’s debut novel Angel of Oblivion confronts the past in Austria’s borderlands. Austrian writer Maja Haderlap is a farmer’s daughter from Bad Eisenkappel, in Carinthia, Austria’s southernmost province. This bi-lingual borderland has been the scene of cultural mini-wars, but over time, a shared sense of enrichment has prevailed on both sides. Straddling these worlds, Haderlap has published extensively in...
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