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Swiss American Historical Society Review

Swiss American Historical Society Review

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Abstract

When the v1s1tor to Vienna v1s1ts the royal palace of the Hofburg, he will note, inscribed on numerous pillars and monuments, the following inscription carved into the crest of the House of Habsburg: Austriae Est lmperare Orbi Universo or Alles Erdereich ist Osterreich Untertan, meaning "The Entire Earth is Subject to the House of Austria." Never has there been a more true declaration, for in the sixteenth century, during the reign of the Habsburg Emperor Charles V, the sun indeed never set on the Habsburg Empire

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