This text charts the history of the last 50 years of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, from 1867-1918. It argues that the Habsburg Monarchy, although in an unhealthy state before 1914, was not in fact doomed to collapse, despite the Empire's inherent weaknesses. The book begins with a clear introduction to the complex history of the Habsburg Empire up to 1867. The core of the text is devoted to examining domestic and foreign policy. The role of Austria-Hungary in the origins of World War I is also clearly explained.