Habsburg Monarchy 1490-1848: Attributes of Empire

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Was the Habsburg monarchy an empire like those of Great Britain, France or Spain? Drawing upon modern theoretical perspectives on European expansion to answer this question, the author argues that the Habsburg holdings did indeed constitute a form of European imperialism. She examines the role of the interaction between Habsburg rulers, territorial estates, and religious institutions in the expansion of the empire. The book then goes on to explore the reorientation of these relationships through the impact of the...

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Overview

Was the Habsburg monarchy an empire like those of Great Britain, France or Spain? Drawing upon modern theoretical perspectives on European expansion to answer this question, the author argues that the Habsburg holdings did indeed constitute a form of European imperialism. She examines the role of the interaction between Habsburg rulers, territorial estates, and religious institutions in the expansion of the empire. The book then goes on to explore the reorientation of these relationships through the impact of the European Enlightenment, the beginning of the Industrial Revolution, and more.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780333737279
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 9/6/2003
  • Series: European History in Perspective Series
  • Edition description: REV
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Paula Sutter Fichtner is Professor Emerita of History, Brooklyn College, CUNY.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
A Note on Style
Map 1: East central Europe, c.1570
Map 2: East central Europe, c.1721
Map 3: East central Europe, c.1815
Some Introductory Considerations
Habsburg Family Tree
Ch. 1 The Pattern of Empire 1
From Petty Princes to European Rulers 1
Dynastic Marriage: Its Uses and Limitations 3
Attempting an Empire 7
Ferdinand I and the Construction of Habsburg Central Europe 11
Administering an Empire 18
Religious Divisions 21
Catholics Rearm 24
Conflict in the House of Habsburg 26
Ch. 2 An Empire Takes Hold 31
The Habsburgs, Ferdinand of Styria, and the Counter-Reformation 31
Crisis, Conflict, and Dynastic Opportunity 34
The Terms of a Modus Vivendi 36
The Thirty Years War, Europe, and the Habsburg Borders 39
Reconquering Hungary 44
Subduing the Hungarians 53
Sealing a Hegemony 55
Ch. 3 Creating a State 59
A Dynasty at Risk 59
The Unlikely Empress 63
New Threats From Abroad 64
Worrisome Frontiers, 1763-80 66
Survival Through Reform, 1740-80 67
The Limits of Collaboration, 1780-90 80
Traces of the Future 86
Ch. 4 Holding the Center 89
Rescuing the Habsburg Monarchy from Within 89
An Old Empire and a New 95
One Dynasty, One People 102
The Dynasty Reasserts Itself 106
Ch. 5 Revolution: Text and Subtext 113
Some Steps Toward Recovery 113
Accumulating Grievances, 1815-48 116
Revolutions and Counter-Revolution 128
Ch. 6 From One to Many 139
Hints of Former Connections 139
A Culture Accessible to All 140
Accommodation to Diversity: Education, Language, and Dynastic Interest 147
From Vernacular to Particular: The Austrian Example 149
From National Language to National Culture: Italy 158
From National Language to National Culture: Hungary 161
From National Language to National Culture: Bohemia 163
The One Now Many 166
A Summary Afterword 167
Notes 171
Bibliography 194
Index 211
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