The Austro-Hungarian Empire 1867-1918: A New Perspective
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In the summer of 1988 I was privileged to read The Idea of Poverty: England in the Early Industrial Age by Gertrude Himmelfarb. This experience not only excited me to do this study, but also decided the way I would approach it. Himmelfarb points out "the danger of taking contemporary documents at face value- taking them as facts rather than meanings, as truth rather than opinion or interpretation. It is for this reason that I too have chosen to incorporate evidence from the people who lived through the period I am to study (mainly through fictional works) with the contemporary evidence made available by historians.