Simon Winder’s Danubia: A Personal History Of Habsburg Europe (2013) is a funny and easy to read history of Habsburg Europe (Austria, Hungary, Czech Republic, Slovakia, the Balkans, northern Italy). It’s a series of vignettes from Winder’s travels in the area and brief stories of the region in rough chronological order from ca. 1000 A.D. to 1918.
I can’t remember how I came across this book, but I purchased it in the summer of 2014 and thoroughly enjoyed it. As I said, it’s a light read, and Winder’s digressions into analyses of art or music pieces are welcomes (in many instances, I ended up purchasing the music pieces he cites).
Read this book if: You want an easy-to-read but informative commentary on the history of Habsburg Europe
Avoid this book if: You want an information-packed historical monograph of Habsburg Empire.