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Strebler's Perspective

As a history buff, I never cease to be amazed and humbled by just how much history I don’t know. Perhaps the saddest example of that was that I, with a master’s degree in U.S. History, didn’t learn who Rosa Parks was until about 20 years ago. Well, none of my graduate courses dealt with the civil rights movement, and when I was in school back in the 50s, 60s and 70s, they didn’t teach us about her. So - not my fault, but still: pretty embarrassing. I fear my knowledge has thousands of Rosa Parks-like gaps.

Such as the Hapsburgs, they of Austria and the Holy Roman Empire. I was quite fascinated by their amazing Imperial Treasury in Vienna last month, and have been reading up on the family a bit lately and boy! are there some surprises – at least to me. The family traces back originally (like the ... Log in or subscribe to continue reading.

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