Forty-five years ago, in May 1966, Professor Robert A. Kann delivered a paper titled “Should the Habsburg Empire Have Been Saved? An Exercise in Speculative History.” The venue was the spring banquet of the Phi Alpha Theta History Society, held at the State University College of New York in Cortland. The theme was provocative and on a subject of much discussion about the fate of the empire and its implications for Europe. Kann never expanded it for publication.
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Stanley B. Winters was born in New York City in 1924. He taught for 35 years at the New Jersey Institute of Technology, where he retired as a Distinguished Professor Emeritus. He published numerous scholarly articles and edited volumes on nineteenth- and twentieth-century Austrian and Czech history, including the collections, Intellectual and Social Developments in the Habsburg Empire (1975); T.G. Masaryk (1850–1937): Thinker and Politician (1990); Great Britain, the United States and the Bohemian Lands (1991); and Dynasty, Politics and Culture: Selected Essays by Robert A. Kann (1991). He was elected a member of Collegium Carolinum in Munich, and in May 1991 was awarded a medal by the Czechoslovak Academy of Sciences for service to Czech historical scholarship. He died on 28 January 2011.