"lived through the events of 1848, did Frau Czerny"

     The year 1848 saw a series of revolutions in amost the entire of Europe. In the Habsburg Empire the rebellions were mostly nationalistic, either for social reforms or outright independence. Although the revolutions eventually failed, in Vienna the de-facto leader of the empire since the Congress of Vienna in 1814, Mitterand, was forced to resign and Emperor Ferdinand abdicated, ceding power to the eighteen year old Franz Josef.