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Archive: Nov 2020

Grand Duke Leopold abolishes the death penalty

Leopold II, the third son of Maria Theresa and the brother of emperor Joseph II, was undoubtedly an impressive man and a great emperor. Despite his short reign, he managed to continue his brother’s reforms in a moderate manner which was more acceptable and arguably more effective. Before he became the emperor, however, Leopold (or…

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November 30, 2020

Leopold Mozart- Wolfgang’s creator and tormentor

Few days ago, on the 14th of November, we celebrated Mozart’s birthday!   No, it wasn’t the birthday Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart that we celebrated, but his father- Leopold Mozart. If you are a hardcore Mozart fan, we would understand if you are having some mixed feelings about this. After all, Leopold Mozart was not only…

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November 17, 2020

Count Richard von Coudenhove-Kalergi- The man who envisioned Europe United

Have you heard of Aoyama Eijiro? No? Well if you are interested in European politics, you might recognize his Austrian name- Richard von Coudenhove-Kalergi.   Richard von Coudenhove-Kalergi was a half Austrian half Japanese politician and philosopher who had a great vision of a unified Europe. As a pioneer of European integration, he served as…

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November 16, 2020

The battle of Dürnstein

When we think of a peaceful town where one can enjoy history, relax and disconnect from reality without getting too far from Vienna, we think of Dürnstein. The ancient streets, castle ruins and wide Danube river, make the city both charming and mysterious. With that in mind, it’s quite hard to imagine the area as…

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November 12, 2020

The congress of Carnuntum

The Roman legionary camp of Carnuntum, located right between Vienna and Bratislava, had a great significance and was one of the empire’s most eastern strongholds. Although today nothing but ruins remain there, Carnuntum was once a large city with over 50,000 inhabitants.  Carnuntum was founded during the reign of the first emperor, Augustus, and became…

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November 11, 2020

Happy Birthday Hedy Lamarr

She was one of Hollywood’s most beautiful actresses of her time. So beautiful in fact, that people couldn’t believe she was also an inventor who made some groundbreaking discoveries!   The story of Hedy Lamarr is a truly remarkable one. The Austrian actress, who some considered as the most beautiful woman in the world, was…

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November 9, 2020

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