“The Habsburgs”

Andrew Wheatcroft

The Habsburgs are to European history as the glaciers are to the landscape of Wisconsin: everything is explained either by their presence or their absence. Despite that, it’s hard to find a reasonably compact history of the family. Wheatcroft’s book isn’t quite the survey I hoped it would be. It’s more about the family’s use of image than it is about chronology. Still, it was interesting if a little dry.