DAILY FEATURE: By Steve Kovacs (Introduction by Chuck Gibson)

LOVELAND, OH (November 12, 2020) – In Issue 108 of Steve Kovacs Fun with Maps the Empire strikes back. 

Steve Kovacs, Loveland, OH (Provided)

The breakup of the Empire.

No, not talking about Star Wars, nor about the British Empire, rather the Austro-Hungarian Empire’s breakup, and the formation of an independent Austria.

First, Emperor Karl who was also King of Hungary, IV Karoly, withdrew from participating in state affairs on Armistice Day.  He secretly tried to withdraw the Empire from World War I two years earlier, but without success.  He probably was unhappy about that.

His departure from running the state left a void and the next day, which was 102 years ago today, the Republic of Austria was proclaimed.  

Here is a Rand-McNally Map of the Austro-Hungarian Empire from 1880.     

Austro-Hungarian Empire – 1880 (Credit Steve Kovacs)

Steve Kovacs and his wife Theresa reside in Loveland, Ohio where they raised their two children. He is a passionate collector of antique maps.

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