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Habsburg Nostalgia: Europe's Most Embarrassing Anachronism? Paradise Saved?

Franz-Stefan Gady | Posted 08.10.2014 | Politics
Franz-Stefan Gady

While the autocratic Habsburg Empire was in no way a forerunner of the European Union, reviving its historical and cultural legacies -- unlike the expansion of extreme right wing and xenophobic parties in Austria, Hungary, and other parts of Central Europe -- is politically benign and potentially beneficial.

The Rural Nubility

Francis Levy | Posted 07.28.2014 | Comedy
Francis Levy

You've heard of the rural nobility, but there is also the rural nubility which has continued to have an enormous influence even though we don't speak of it in the same breath as say the Duke of Earl.

Monarchy as a Transgender Experience

Francis Levy | Posted 08.28.2013 | Comedy
Francis Levy

A young woman's experience of monarchy (also known to some as menarche) is one of the most important life development stages of his or her life. He ma...

Theatre of the World: Vienna's New Chamber of Art

Susan Jaques | Posted 05.15.2013 | Arts
Susan Jaques

Today, Holy Roman Emperor Rudolf II's prized possessions along with those of his art-loving Habsburg relatives reside at the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna. After a decade-long closure, the museum's refurbished Kunstkammer reopened March 1.