This chapter in Norman Davies‘ history of vanished states in Europe is a bit more problematic than the others. The “Kingdom” of Galicia was formed as a way for Austria to organize the provinces stolen from Poland in the partitions in the late 1700s. It also made the Emperor of Austria a triple monarch instead of a dual one. But it seems a stretch to call this swath of Polish/Ukrainian turf a lost kingdom in any real sense.
Also in contrast to the other tales of states that rose to near greatness and influence, Galicia seems to be described here as more of a charming tourist destination with colorful peasant dances and quaint cultural sights – and low prices! Book your tour now!
While there is some information about the history of the province as a sleepy border area and a site of war in the first World War, it all felt a bit flat. The other chapters in this book were major or at least important players in the history of Europe. This one is not, and the pages might have been better spent on another state that was important.
- Vanished Kingdoms – Litva (kilobooks.wordpress.com)
- Vanished Kingdoms – Borussia (kilobooks.wordpress.com)
- Vanished Kingdoms – Sabaudia (kilobooks.wordpress.com)