The Habsburg Monarchy, 1618-1815

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Cambridge University Press, Jun 29, 2000 - History - 268 pages
This is a revised and updated edition of a highly acclaimed history of the early modern Habsburg monarchy. Charles W. 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. The Habsburg monarchy was undeniably different from other European polities: geography and linguistic diversity made this inevitable, but by 1789 it had laid the groundwork for a single polity capable of transcending its uniquely diverse cultural and historic heritage. Charles W. Ingrao unravels the web of social, political, economic and cultural factors that shaped the Habsburg monarchy during the period, and presents this complex story in a manner that is both authoritative and accessible to non-specialists. This edition includes a revised text and bibliographies, new genealogical tables, and an epilogue which looks forward to the impact of the Habsburg monarchy on twentieth-century events.
 

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Contents

The distinctiveness of Austrian history
1
The Thirty Years War 16181648
23
Facing east Hungary and the Turks 16481699
53
Facing west the second Habsburg empire 17001740
105
The Prussian challenge war and government reform 17401763
150
Discovering the people the triumph of cameralism and enlightened absolutism 17651792
178
The age of revolution 17891815
220
Decline or disaggregation?
242
Bibliography
248
Index
257
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