Enlightenment and Reform in Eighteenth-Century Europe

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The eighteenth century was a unique period of global and fundamental change. Britain conquered India and much of America, the American Revolution produced the USA, and Russia expanded vastly. In the field of ideas the Scientific Revolution of the seventeenth century was consolidated and followed by the Enlightenment. Nationalism flourished, populations surged and the Commercial and Industrial Revolutions with Western technology eclipsed the East. Few centuries have inspired such a galaxy of historians, and their ...

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Overview

The eighteenth century was a unique period of global and fundamental change. Britain conquered India and much of America, the American Revolution produced the USA, and Russia expanded vastly. In the field of ideas the Scientific Revolution of the seventeenth century was consolidated and followed by the Enlightenment. Nationalism flourished, populations surged and the Commercial and Industrial Revolutions with Western technology eclipsed the East. Few centuries have inspired such a galaxy of historians, and their groundbreaking work has been drawn upon by Derek Beales in his collection of articles and special lectures. He covers the whole European kaleidoscope but especially Joseph II and the Habsburg monarchy, and sees Enlightened Despotism as the embodiment of the century's revolution in ideas, policies, government and administration.

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Derek Beales is Fellow and Emeritus Professor at Sydney Sussex College, Cambridge.

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Table of Contents

Map : the Austrian monarchy in the eighteenth century
Pt. 1 Contexts : European and Austrian 5
1 Social forces and enlightened policies 7
2 Philosophical kingship and enlightened despotism 28
3 Christians and 'Philosophes' : the case of the Austrian Enlightenment 60
4 Mozart and the Habsburgs 90
5 The false Joseph II 117
Pt. 2 Joseph II and reform 155
6 Joseph II's Reveries 157
7 Love and the empire : Maria Theresa and her co-regents 182
8 Maria Theresa, Joseph II and the suppression of the Jesuits 207
9 Joseph II and the monasteries of Austria and Hungary 227
10 The origins of the pope's visit to Joseph II in 1782 256
11 Was Joseph II an enlightened despot? 262
12 Joseph II and Josephism 287
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