– What prompted Emperor Karl I to issue a manifesto proclaiming decentralization and the creation of a confederation? – Franz Joseph, who embodied the golden age of the Austro-Hungarian monarchy, had died several years before, on November 21, 1916, and the empire was threatened by internal conflicts, national ideals and the people’s desire for independence.…

via 100 years ago: the decline of the Austro-Hungarian Empire & birth of the West Ukrainian National Republic — Euromaidan Press

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