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The Habsburg Monarchy 1618-1815

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This is the first accessible and comprehensive history of the early modern Habsburg monarchy to appear in any language. Professor Ingrao challenges the conventional notion of Habsburg state and society as peculiarly backward by tracing its emergence as a military and cultural power of enormous influence, with a large and growing population, progressive judicial and educational systems and a sizeable industrial base. The Habsburg monarchy was undeniably different from other European polities: geography and ...
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Overview

This is the first accessible and comprehensive history of the early modern Habsburg monarchy to appear in any language. Professor Ingrao challenges the conventional notion of Habsburg state and society as peculiarly backward by tracing its emergence as a military and cultural power of enormous influence, with a large and growing population, progressive judicial and educational systems and a sizeable industrial base. The Habsburg monarchy was undeniably different from other European polities: geography and linguistic diversity made this inevitable, but by 1789 the Habsburg peoples were already beginnning to nurture a common, anational identity that transcended their particular cultural or historic heritage. Professor Ingrao unravels the web of social, political, economic and cultural factors that shaped the Habsburg monarchy during this period, and presents this complex story in a way that is both authoritative and accessible to non-specialists.
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'To be welcomed as a brisk and clear account of this mighty element in the history and culture of Europe… a concise and highly readable account …'. The Times Higher Education Supplement

'This is a well written and incisive history providing both a good introduction for those new to the subject and yet full of ideas for those who have thought about Austria for many years. … nicely balanced between foreign affairs and domestic problems and achievements … for anyone interested in th origins of the evnets that are shaking Europe today, this excellent history can be highly recommended.' Contemporary Review

'Throughout this is an arresting work, interesting, provocative, reflecting a sound balance of knowledge between the German and non-German lands, open to cultural developments, and aware of the importance of economic trends. Ingrao provides at once the best short accounts of the reigns of Leopold I, Charles VI and MariaTheresa. His book will be of great value to those teaching and studying the period … '. Jeremy Black, Teaching History

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521389006
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 1/28/1994
  • Series: New Approaches to European History Series
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 276
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.71 (d)

Table of Contents

1. The distinctiveness of Austrian history; 2. The Thirty Years' War (1618–1648); 3. Facing east: Hungary and the Turks (1648–1699); 4. Facing west: the second Habsburg empire (1700–1740); 5. The Prussian challenge: war and government reform (1740–1763); 6. Discovering the people: the triumph of cameralism and enlightened absolutism (1765–1792); 7. The age of revolution (1789–1815).
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