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Austria from Roman Empire to European Union
A Guideline to Austrian History

Centuries of history have accululated in Austria. It can claim to have played a disproportionally large part in the political, cultural and intellectuial history of Europe. This PowerPoint supported talk traces its roots back to the days of the Roman Empire of antiquity and the Holy Roman Empire founded by Charlemagne. Within its framework it became part of German speaking Europe. For over 600 years its political development was determined by the Habsburgs. Maria Theresa's reign coincided with the Golden Age of Austria, Emperor Franz Joseph presided over the Empire's last heydays and its eventual decline. A part of the Third Reich until 1945, it was liberated by the Allied Powers, regained its independence in 1955 and has been part of the European Union since 1995.



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