Tyler asked in Arts & HumanitiesHistory · 2 weeks ago

No offence to austrians, but is there any real reason for austria to exist?

Are they're any cultural differences with germany, and didn't austria just start out as german lands owned by the habsburgs?

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  • Prince
    Lv 5
    2 weeks ago

    Yeah! The Austro-Hungarian Empire is my favourite country EVER and I for one want to see the Habsburg monarchy restored in ALL its splendour. It was the most inclusive state in world history bar none, including the United States, as far as embracing persons of different ethnicities, while giving them maximum structure as the multi-national state with all of the beautiful decorative trappings of monarchy. For example, Irish people persecuted and kept poor by British Rule in Ireland could show up in Austria and be fully accepted as Catholics and their ancient Milesian pedigrees believed and respected by Austrian heralds, and win honour and fame and rank and titles in Austro-Hungary. There is nothing more worthy of political action than restoration of the Habsburg Multi-National state, of which Austria is the heart. Just TRY to think of another civilisation in earth's history that splendid and poised, decorous and mannerly, with more beautiful art and dance and music and pageantry. It gave every person the possibility of ultimate dignity. 

  • Chris
    Lv 6
    2 weeks ago

    Are "there" not are "they're" because "they're" is a contraction of "they" and "are". And we need Austria in order to reunify the Habsburg Empire. 

  • Anonymous
    2 weeks ago

    No offence to Germans but is there any real reason for Germany to exist? Austria was already a successful super-state, why did Bismarck decide to exclude Austria?

    btw There are significant cultural differences. There are significant cultural differences within Germany.

  • Anonymous
    2 weeks ago

    Austria as it now exists, as a small German-speaking federal republic, was first created after WW1 and again in 1955 after WW2, mainly by the victorious Allies. The last thing the Allies wanted, in both cases, was a united "Greater Germany" consisting of all German-speaking lands under one German government; on the other hand, that's exactly what Hitler DID want, and managed to achieve (except that he didn't last long enough to take over the German-speaking part of Switzerland). In the 1955 case, the Allies (...this is an oversimplifcation but basically...) also wanted an additional neutral buffer zone between East and West and a permanently neutral Austria served that purpose just fine.

    But also, yeah, I used to live in Austria and I get the impression that most Austrians nowadays see their country as having significant cultural and historical differences from Germany. (A lot of those attributes, though, are shared with Bavaria, which is part of Germany but "different" from the rest of Germany, so it's not all that clear-cut.)

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  • 2 weeks ago

    Austria is far from the only country that 'started out' as a piece of land owned by another ruler. It's a constant pattern in human history.

    The fact that Austria is a separate country now doesn't necssarily mean That's It For Ever. Things change, borders move. Who knows what will be where in a hundred years from now?

  • xyzzy
    Lv 7
    2 weeks ago

    It depends on how you look at it. The Austrian Empire became a country in 1804. The German states did not unify until 1871. During its existence, the Austrian Empire was the third most populous empire after the Russian Empire and the United Kingdom in Europe. Along with Prussia, it was one of the two major powers of the German Confederation. Geographically, it was the third largest empire in Europe after the Russian Empire and the First French Empire

  • Anonymous
    2 weeks ago

    You have to know European History for it to make sense. Vienna was the capital of the Holy Roman Empire and the Austrian Empire for several hundred years. The Emperor and Austria itself was Roman Catholic. Up until 1870 Germany was a collection of kingdoms, baronies and dukedoms. Some no bigger than the city limits. Over time most of the German Kingdoms became Protestant. I won't go into the details but in 1870 when Otto von Bismarck went through all his manipulations to unify Germany he purposely left out Austria because of it's catholic heritage and the fact the most of the Austrian Empire was slavic at the time

  • German culture is regional.  Each of the Lands has its own history and culture dating back to when they were quasi-independent principalities.  Although they all have an "official" German used in education and the tourist industry, they all speak different dialects at home.  Austria has a culture and language that it shares with Bavaria.  It would make more sense for Bavaria to be part of Austria.

  • Anonymous
    2 weeks ago

    This was Hitler's view also, but it didn't work out in the long run. 

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