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From Empire to Republic

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It’s been a hundred years since the Habsburg Empire was dissolved. In autumn 1918, the Empire disintegrated into nation states, many of them newly independent republics. The book you are about to hold in your hand tells their story.

In the year 2018, Metropole the Viennese English-language magazine embarked on the year-long reportage project Empire to Republic. We cooperated with news outlets and individual journalists from Austria, Czechia, Slovakia, Hungary, Poland, Ukraine, Slovenia, Croatia, Romania, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Italy and Serbia.

Using photos, interviews and first-hand experiences, these journalists portrayed Central Europe, as it evolved over the last 100 years and as it is today. They show us different places, yet speak about one shared history.

From Empire to Republic

Edited by Dardis McNamee & Benjamin Wolf

Table of Contents:

Preface | THE PLACE OF CENTRAL EUROPE TODAY |by Dr. Erhard Busek
Intro | EMPIRE TO REPUBLIC | by Margaret Childs & Benjamin Wolf
Map | AUSTRIA-HUNGARY & CENTRAL EUROPE | by Karin Dreher & Benjamin Wolf
Food | ACQUIRED TASTES | by Corinna Berger
Design | THE ARCHITECTURE OF AN EMPIRE | by Simon Ballam

I Austria
II Slovakia
III Czechia
IV Hungary
V Slovenia & Croatia
VI Ukraine
VII Romania
VIII Poland
IX Bosnia and Herzegovina
X Italy
XI Serbia
XII China
XIII Montenegro


We worked together across borders, cultures and languages to create From Empire to Republic, a unique compendium of Central Europe today and in the last 100 years. As Emperor Franz Joseph would have said:

“Es war sehr schön, es hat mich sehr gefreut.”
(It was very nice, we were quite amused.)

We hope you’ll be quite amused, too!

Inside the book:

Additional information

Weight 0.820 kg
Dimensions 26.5 × 20.7 × 2.0 cm

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