1848/1849

The “idyllic Biedermeier”, the young Francis Joseph, his first uniform, the old Archduke Carl Ferdinand,“the Kindhearted”. Austria’s role as policeman of Europe, bourgeois idyll everywhere.  Suddenly, revolution in Vienna, Hungary and Upper Italy, plus a war with Piemont-Sardinia. The Court flees, the first constitution, the Emperor abdicates, Francis Joseph becomes the new leader.  Radetzky defeats Piemont, the revolutions collapse.

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