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  • The history of Austria is one of warfare against invaders from the east, and the infidel Turks in particular. Leopold I, the ruling Hapsburg, has brought peace and prosperity, and maintained a first-class military machine. This gives the Austrians the potential to become a truly great power, either within the borders of the old Empire, to the south in Italy, or to the east. This latter scheme requires the Turks to be persuaded – at sword point – that their destiny lies outside Europe.