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Dictionary Project, Volume X: Empire of Austria-Hungary

The Dictionary Project is a post-a-day exploration of The Century Dictionary and Cylopedia, a twelve-volume set printed in New York in 1901. The Project runs from October 1, 2014 to September 30, 2015, and matches volume numbers to calendar months. Volume X is The Atlas, and today is Day 15.

The Empire of Austria-Hungary (which my history teachers called the Austro-Hungarian Empire) existed from 1867 to 1918; it was dissolved at the end of World War I. It was the second-largest country in Europe (after the Russian Empire) at the time, and experienced both great economic growth and significant political infighting among its eleven principal national groups.

Map of Austria-Hungary, 1897

This empire included not just modern Austria and Hungary, but all or part of modern day Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Slovenia, Ukraine, and Poland. No wonder they called it an empire. With so many different national, ethnic, and linguistic divisions, it’s hardly surprising it collapsed under its own political weight.

I love this map for the marvelous place names that have either become equated with other things–Bohemia and Dalmatia–or are seldom encountered but in books like this.

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