After the Great War - Vienna: The capital of a declining empire longs for order


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Today, Vienna is one of the best cities in the world to live in. In a number of rankings, it usually takes the top spot, but always somewhere on the podium. A well-developed system of flat rentals, six underground lines, a developed labour market, as well as a lot of greenery and excellent museums - all of these attest to the city's rank today. Prosperity can also be seen in the period at the end of the third wave of the pandemic - every few hundred metres in the very centre you can take a free coronavirus test.

The word that dominated the period after the Great War was rationing. The journalist and writer Joseph Roth captured the atmosphere of the winter of 1918 and the spring of 1919 in a series of newspaper columns. Describing the man of those times, he noted that he was a person "in shock with a broken back". Vienna was not only ill, but also starving.

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