12 Facts About Austria-Hungary


Austria-Hungary, often referred to as the Austro-Hungarian Empire, the Dual Monarchy, or Austria, was a constitutional monarchy and great power in Central Europe between 1867 and 1918.

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Austria-Hungary was ruled by the House of Habsburg and constituted the last phase in the constitutional evolution of the Habsburg monarchy.

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Austria-Hungary became the world's third-largest manufacturer and exporter of electric home appliances, electric industrial appliances, and power generation apparatus for power plants, after the United States and the German Empire.

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Austria-Hungary was one of the Central Powers in World War I, which began with an Austro-Hungarian war declaration on the Kingdom of Serbia on 28 July 1914.

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Austria-Hungary was appointed by the Emperor at the advise of the Austrian Prime Minister and had his own small administrative office.

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Austria-Hungary was thus under the dual supervision of the monarch and the prime minister, appointed by the former at the advise of the latter and could be dismissed in the same manner or at the Emperor's own discretion.

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Austria-Hungary hated Prussia's leader, Otto von Bismarck, who had repeatedly outmaneuvered him.

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Austria-Hungary had administered the provinces since 1878 but the Ottoman Empire remained the nominal legal owner.

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Austria-Hungary turned down an Ottoman proposal for an alliance that would include Austria, Turkey and Romania.

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Austria-Hungary did not trust in the Italian alliance, due to the political aftermath of the Second Italian War of Independence.

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Austria-Hungary thought that even a successful Austro-Hungarian war would be disastrous for the integrity of Kingdom of Hungary, where Hungary would be the next victim of Austrian politics.

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Austria-Hungary dismissed Lammasch and his government from office and released the officials in the Austrian half of the empire from their oath of loyalty to him.

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