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The “Most Lovable Empire:” Recent Scholarship on the Habsburg Empire

Krishan Kumar’s new book, Visions of Empire: How Five Imperial Regimes Shaped the Modern World, (Princeton, 2017), looks at five empires: the Roman, the Ottoman, the Habsburg, the Russian/Soviet, and the French. What becomes clear at the very beginning is that Kumar’s approach is, by and large, a sympathetic one. The underlying understanding is that…
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