1910-1915 Franz Ferdinand of Austria and wife with Countess Baillet de Latour

This photo illustrates the world's first era of globalization with Archduke Franz Ferdinand, his wife Sophie, and the Countess Baillet de Latour. Nationalist rivalries are not in evidence here. The photo had to be taken before 28 June 1914 when Franz and Sophie were assassinated by Gavrilo Princip at Sarajevo, launching the violent wars of the 20th century. Marxist ideology polarized the world, ending this first era of globalization. Elites had to cope with and accommodate popular sentiments until the fall of the Berlin Wall allowed elites to create a second era of globalization. Why am I thinking of Wal-Mart?

From the Bain Collection of the USA Library of Congress.

1910-1915 Franz Ferdinand of Austria and wife with Countess Baillet de Latour LC Bain cropped

Everyone is dressed for cold weather, the Ladies in log thick coats with fur collars over maxi-length skirts in this photo.

Keywords:  Archduchess Sophie Chotkova, Archduchess, Countess, Habsburg family, Austrian, French, bouffant coiffure, feathered hat, fur, high enclosing neckline, maxi length skirt, coat, collar, floral coat ornament, earrings


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