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The printed book is great but the Kindle edition doesn't do it justice
on 9 July 2015
The thing about this book is that the book edition has five maps which you need to refer to, to make sense of the text. But the Kindle edition lacks these, I ended up buying a second-hand edition of the paperback on eBay. It may be four times the thickness of my Kindle, but at least it makes sense.
Having said that the book is an ideal introduction into the intricacies and convulsions of central European history. It is VERY VERY complicated, and this book does go a long way towards explaining why it is so complicated - here's some examples
I became interested in the Empire as I was tracing my wife's parents, both born in the Empire during its last days. My father-in-law was was born in what was Stanislau or Stanisławów depending on whether you were ethnically German or Polish, became Ivano-Frankivsk, and is now Іва́но-Франкі́вськ. His parents were born in what they called Lemberg but has since been called Łviv, and most recently Львовv. My mother-in-law grew up in Gablonz and worked in Reichenberg, but these are now Jablonec nad Nissou and Liberec.
You need the maps to make sense of the text, and Kindle lacks them. You won't get the best out of this book if you start at the front cover and plough through the end. I read this book going back to re-read sections as my understanding grew, check the maps and so on - it's a delight - but only as a paper edition.