Reading quite a bit about Austria-Hungary recently . It strikes me that , un-enlightened though some of it's authoritarian methods were , Central Europe is and was immeasurably poorer for the collapse of this monarchy . Ask the Germans of Budweis and Klausenburg , the Magyars of Komarom , the Italians of Istria and Dalmatia or the Jews anywhere .
Here's their national anthem "Gott erhalte Franz den Kaiser"
Words here .
A window on a world utterly , utterly gone .