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The defeat of the Ottoman Army outside the gates of Vienna 300 years ago is usually regarded as the beginning of the decline of the Ottoman Empire. But Walter Leitsch ask whether it was such a...

Beethoven's only opera was performed for the first time on May 23rd, 1814.

Volume: 64 Issue: 5 2014

Adrian Mourby welcomes the return to public view of the Habsburgs’ esoterica.

Volume: 63 Issue: 8 2013

Bayreuth has much for which to thank Richard Wagner, but the determination of a Prussian princess to create something out of her dull and provincial 18th-century marriage helped make the city the place it is today, says Adrian Mourby.

Volume: 63 Issue: 5 2013

Strauss's 'musical comedy' was first performed in Dresden on January 26th, 1911. It was a sensation.

Volume: 61 Issue: 1 2011

A right-wing Catholic who crushed all his rivals, Engelbert Dollfuss fought hard to maintain his young republic’s independence. A.D. Harvey looks at the life of the tiny patriot of peasant stock who stood up to Hitler and asks what might have happened had he not been assassinated during the early days of the Nazi era.

Volume: 59 Issue: 7 2009

Joannes Chrisostomus Wolfgang Gottlieb Mozart was born in Salzburg on January 27th, 1756.

Volume: 56 Issue: 1 2006

Richard Cavendish marks the anniversary of an important victory for the Habsburg empire, on July 25th, 1848.

Volume: 48 Issue: 7 1998

What did ordinary people in Nazi-controlled Austria really think about their native-born Führer, Adolf Hitler? Tim Kirk opens a window on a unique record of public opinion – a Gestapo equivalent of 'Mass Observation' in 30s Britain.

Volume: 46 Issue: 7 1996

Elizabeth Manning looks at how an Enlightenment ruler enlisted opera in his struggle to homogenise and reinforce the Habsburg empire.

Volume: 43 Issue: 1 1993

Alan Sked looks at the sensational leaking of Austrian military secrets to Russia on the eve of the First World War.

Volume: 36 Issue: 7 1986

The defeat of the Ottoman Army outside the gates of Vienna 300 years ago is usually regarded as the beginning of the decline of the Ottoman Empire. But Walter Leitsch ask whether it was such a turning point in the history of Europe?

Volume: 33 Issue: 7 1983

Stella Musulin describes how, in 1848, even the Austrian capital was stirred by the turmoils of reform.

Volume: 28 Issue: 7 1978

Michael Glover describes how Vienna in 1815 was the scene of endless entertainment for European rulers and their delegations.

Volume: 28 Issue: 2 1978

David Woodward describes insurrection in the Austro-Hungarian fleet on February 1st, 1918.

Volume: 26 Issue: 12 1976

In 1917, writes Charles Maechling, the new Emperor of Austria tried to extricate his country from the turmoil of the First World War with the help of Prince Sixtus.

Volume: 23 Issue: 11 1973

For over 150 years, writes Christopher Duffy, generations of Irish gentry sought service in the armies of the European powers.

Volume: 18 Issue: 9 1968

David G. Chandler offers a study in fact and fiction about a famous Napoleonic campaign.

Volume: 17 Issue: 5 1967

David G. Chandler describes how the trouble Napoleon took over the interpretation of events at Marengo shows how deeply they had disturbed him.

Volume: 17 Issue: 6 1967

Metternich and Benckendorff, who played leading roles on the European scene, first met under very different circumstances; P.S. Squire describes how they were both attached to a charming French actress.

Volume: 17 Issue: 5 1967

The result of the Seven Weeks’ War in 1866 subordinated the Austrian Empire to Prussian ambitions. Brian Bond describes the last lightning victory in the Napoleonic manner, until Hitler’s blitzkrieg of 1940.

Volume: 16 Issue: 8 1966

Ross Watson introduces Prince Eugene of Savoy; Marlborough’s companion in arms was not only a great soldier but also one of the most important patrons and collectors of his day; a modest man with a deep love of painting and architecture inspired by a strongly individual taste.

Volume: 15 Issue: 11 1965

Imbued, with the militant spirit of the Counter Reformation, a sixteenth-century Prince Bishop, Wolf Dietrich von Raitenau, set out to re-build Salzburg as a Second Rome, as Tudor Edwards here describes.

Volume: 14 Issue: 2 1964

Norman Stone introduces Von Hötzendorf, the last in a long line of Austrian commanders, and not the least able, who had the misfortune to believe that the First World War would save the Empire from disintegration.

Volume: 13 Issue: 7 1963

Between the Congress of Vienna and the Year of Revolutions, Vienna enjoyed a homely, idyllic period of gaiety, security and peace. In 1848, writes Tudor Edwards, the idyll was shattered by bloody revolts throughout the Empire.

Volume: 10 Issue: 10 1960

During a period of Austrian decline as a great power, writes Tudor Edwards, Vienna flourished in an atmosphere of expansive gaiety.

Volume: 10 Issue: 11 1960

In the summer of 1849, writes Leslie Reade, the Austrian forces besieging Venice decided to put into practice a novel and fantastic plan; and Europe had its first experience of aerial warfare.

Volume: 8 Issue: 6 1958

Thin, pale, solitary, a day-dreamer, opinionated, rebellious, with sudden bursts of energy that quickly evaporated, D.C. Watt writes that Hitler as a boy is a strange forerunner of the would-be world-conqueror.

Volume: 8 Issue: 1 1958

Fischer von Erlach flourished in a new era of exhibitionism, Mary Henderson writes, to become the most influential Austrian architect of the Baroque period, shaping the tastes of the Habsburg empire.

Volume: 7 Issue: 2 1957

Noel Goodwin argues that in the making of Mozart's music there is a key to understanding his form of art and way of life.

Volume: 6 Issue: 2 1956

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