The Habsburgs: The History of a Dynasty

Overview

The Habsburgs rank among the most celebrated ruling dynasties in history. At one point, their territories stretched not only across Europe but across the globe, into Asia, Africa and the Americas. By virtue of their long pre-eminence, the family made an indelible mark on European affairs, shaping the course of international politics and diplomacy, and knitting together the diverse peoples of Central Europe.

The story of the Habsburgs is theatrical and compelling, but it is also ...

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Overview

The Habsburgs rank among the most celebrated ruling dynasties in history. At one point, their territories stretched not only across Europe but across the globe, into Asia, Africa and the Americas. By virtue of their long pre-eminence, the family made an indelible mark on European affairs, shaping the course of international politics and diplomacy, and knitting together the diverse peoples of Central Europe.

The story of the Habsburgs is theatrical and compelling, but it is also vital for understanding how kings ruled, nations rose, and societies changed as modern Europe came into being. In this book, Benjamin Curtis explores both the Spanish and Austrian branches of the dynasty, providing a concise, comprehensive picture of the dynasty’s development. This study clearly demonstrates why the Habsburgs are considered the most consistently accomplished practitioners of European dynasticism.

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"This volume, a fascinating and an impeccably executed addition to the Series, is commended to all serious researchers." – Jennifer Harrison, Australian Journal of Politics and History
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781441180230
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
  • Publication date: 9/12/2013
  • Pages: 312
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Benjamin Curtis is Assistant Professor in the Humanities at Seattle University, USA.

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Table of Contents

Introduction
1. From not-so-humble beginnings (c. 1000-1439)
2. Austria's destiny (1440-1519)
3. The greatest generation (1516-64)
4. The European superpower (1156-1621)
5. Division in faith and family (1564-1619)
6. Endless war (1619-65)
7. Rise and fall (1657-1705)
8. Opulent stagnation (1705-40)
9. Enlightenment and reform (1740-92)
10. Revolution and reaction (1792-1848)
11. To succumb with honor (1848-1918)
Conclusion
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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