Today Austria and Germany are not only neighbours, but friends and members of the European Union. Both countries share a colourful, but not always peaceful past. The Battle of Königgrätz in 1866 between the Austrian Empire and Bismarck’s Prussia effected Austria’s exclusion from a Prussian dominated Germany. The German unification in 1871 took place under Prussia’s leadership without Austria, which had formed in 1867 a Dual monarchy with Hungary. The assassination of the Austrian Archduke Franz Ferdinand in 1914 and World War I saw Germany and the Austrian-Hungarian Empire as ‘brothers in arms’.
Image: courtesy WEA Sydney.
This event is part of
History Week: Neighbours
3-11 September 2016
Presented by the History Council of NSW
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