Austria, Hungary, and the Habsburgs

Austria, Hungary, and the Habsburgs : Central Europe c.1683-1867

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This book address a number of interrelated themes over two hundred years and more in the political, religious, cultural, and social history of a broad but often neglected swathe of the European continent. It seeks - against the grain of conventional presentations - to apprehend the era from the later seventeenth to the later nineteenth century as a whole, and to demonstrate continuities, as well as casting light on key aspects of the evolution towards modern
statehood and national awareness in Central Europe, and the crises of ancien-regime strucutres there in the face of new challenges at home and abroad.

Each of the essays - some of which specially written for this volume, and others available for the first time in English - is intended to be free-standing and accessible on its own; but they are also designed to fit together and demonstrate an overall coherence. Much attention is devoted to the Austrian or Habsburg lands, especially the interplay of the main territories which comprised them. A central issue here is the evolution of the kingdom of Hungary, from its full acquisition by the
Habsburgs at the beginning of the period to the emergence of the dual Austro-Hungarian Monarchy at the end. But the chapters also range more broadly, both territorially and chronologically.

Though much of the scholarship underpinning this masterly exploration may be unfamiliar to many readers, this is a an elegantly written and stimulating collection, which reflects the exploratory and individual character of the essay as a genre.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 368 pages
  • 163 x 242 x 26mm | 697g
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 2 maps
  • 0199281440
  • 9780199281442

Table of contents

Chronology ; 1. The Habsburgs and Central Europe 1683-1723 ; I: ABSOLUTIST ENLIGHTENMENT ; 2. Maria Theresa and Hungary ; 3. The Origins of Enlightenment in the Habsburg Lands ; 4. Culture and Authority in Central Europe 1683-1806 ; 5. The Habsburg Monarchy and Bohemia 1526-1848 ; II: THE RISE OF NATIONS ; 6. Nationality in East-Central Europe: Perception and Definition before 1848 ; 7. Frontiers and National Identites in Central Europe ; 8. Joseph II and Nationality in the Habsburg Lands ; 9. Religion and Nation in Hungary 1790-1849 ; III: REGIONS AND THEIR INTERPLAY ; 10. The Habsburgs and the Hungarian Problem 1790-1848 ; 11. Empire and Kingdoms: Hungary and Bohemia in the Habsburg Monarchy 1741-1871 ; 12. The Transylvanian Saxons: A German Diaspora ; 13. Hungary and the German Lands in the Nineteenth Century ; IV: THE REVOLUTION AND BEYOND ; 14. Hungary in the Habsburg Monarchy 1840-1867: A Study of Perceptions ; 15. From Confederation to Compromise: The Austrian Experiment 1849-1867 ; 16. Central Europe: The History of an Idea ; Bibliography ; Index
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The only possible responses to this marvellous book are admiration and gratitude. * Derek Beales, Economic History Review * Interlinked essays of enormous learning and suggestiveness...all are meticulously reintroduced, reannotated and cross referenced...Few self-proclaimed 'intellectual' historians can boast as sure a grasp as Evans of the politico-military-economic structures enabling cultural activities. * Alex Drace-Francis, Central Europe, *
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About R. J. W. Evans

R. J. W. Evans has taught at Oxford since 1969, and since 1997 has been Regius Professor of Modern History and a Fellow of Oriel College. He is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, the British Academy, and the Academia Europaea.
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