Uncrowned Emperor: The Life and Times of Otto Von Habsburg

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A&C Black, Apr 10, 2007 - History - 288 pages
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Otto von Habsburg became the head of the House of Habsburg at nine years old in 1922, on the death in Madeira of his father, the Emperor Karl, four years after the fall of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Now ninety, Otto's life has been an extraordinary and fascinating one. As pretender to the throne of Central Europe, Otto was naturally an important figure in European politics. Strongly opposing Hitler, he spent World War II in America, where he developed a close friendship with F.D.R. and championed the causes of Austria and Hungary. Renouncing his claims, he later became a member of European Parliament and a strong advocate for a unified Europe.
 

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Contents

1 A Shaky Inheritance
1
2 The Perfect Match
15
A Childs Eye View
27
Eckartsau
43
5 Swiss Dramas
53
6 Your Majesty
65
7 The Conundrum of the Crown
79
8 Meltdown in Vienna
95
12 New Horizons
141
13 Across the Water
155
14 Dropping Anchor
171
15 Mr Europe
185
16 Balance Sheet
195
17 Royal Endgame
207
Notes
215
Bibliography
237

9 Fatal Encounter
107
10 Takeover by Telephone
115
11 Homecoming
131

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About the author (2007)

Gordon Brook-Shepherd, now deceased, was the author of many books on Austrian history, including The Anschluss and Dollfuss. His distinguished career as a journalist included being deputy editor of the Sunday Telegraph.

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