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The Habsburg Monarchy, 1618–1815

3rd Edition



Part of New Approaches to European History

  • Publication planned for: August 2019
  • availability: Not yet published - available from September 2019
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781108499255

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  • Geographically and linguistically diverse, by 1789 the Habsburg monarchy had laid the groundwork for a single European polity capable of transcending its unique cultural and historic heritage. Challenging the conventional notion of the Habsburg state and society as peculiarly backward, Charles W. Ingrao traces its emergence as a military and cultural power of enormous influence. In doing so, he unravels a web of social, political, economic and cultural factors that shaped the Habsburg monarchy during the period. Firmly established as the leading survey of the early modern Habsburg monarchy, this third edition incorporates a quarter of a century of new, international scholarship. Extending its narrative reach, Ingrao gives greater attention to 'peripheral' territories, manifestations of high culture, and suggests links between the early modern monarchy and the problems of contemporary Europe. This elegant account of a complex story is accessible to specialists and non-specialists alike.

    • A much expanded third edition of a leading and highly acclaimed textbook
    • Incorporates a quarter of a century of new scholarship, including contributions by a new generation of Czech, Hungarian, Croatian and Serbian historians
    • Offers expanded coverage of the monarchy's periphery and of its musical and cultural heritage
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    Reviews & endorsements

    'The best available introduction to the Habsburg monarchy at its zenith. Perceptive and fluent, it provides a sure guide to the complexity and diversity of the Austrian state, embracing the central institutions at its dynastic heart and the range of territories, from the historic German-imperial core to the newer peripheries that continually refashioned it.' Robert Evans, University of Oxford

    'Eloquently written and convincingly argued, this remains the most reliable guide through the complicated Central European landscape from the Thirty Years' War to the Congress of Vienna.' Howard Louthan, University of Minnesota

    'Ingrao's commendable survey is a highly accessible and concise introduction to the Habsburg monarchy in the early modern period. Lucid and stimulating, yet also substantial, rigorous, and comprehensive, it is well placed not only to challenge the conventional preconceptions of undergraduates, but the comfortable insularities of more senior scholars as well.' Franz A. J. Szabo, University of Alberta

    'Clear, concise, and comprehensive, this is the standard work in English on the Habsburg lands from the existential crisis posed by the Thirty Years' War to the monarchy's reorganisation following the Napoleonic Wars. It offers lucid analysis of the Habsburgs' myriad problems, as well as their military, administrative, and cultural achievements.' Peter H. Wilson, University of Oxford

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    Product details

    • Edition: 3rd Edition
    • Publication planned for: August 2019
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781108499255
    • length: 324 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 157 x 18 mm
    • weight: 0.64kg
    • availability: Not yet published - available from September 2019
  • 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
    7. The Age of Revolution (1789–1815)
    8. Decline or disaggregation?

  • Author

    Charles W. Ingrao, Purdue University, Indiana
    Charles Ingrao is Professor Emeritus of History at Purdue University, Indiana. He has held visiting appointments at a number of universities including Brown University, Rhode Island, the University of Cambridge, University of Chicago, University of Washington, Indiana University and multiple universities in Cyprus and New Zealand. He served as editor of the Austrian History Yearbook from 1997–2006. His previous publications include In Quest and Crisis: Emperor Joseph I and the Habsburg Monarchy, 1705–1711 (1979), The Hessian Mercenary State: Ideas, Institutions and Reform under Frederick II, 1760–1785 (1986) and Confronting the Yugoslav Controversies (2009), which he co-authored with Thomas A. Emmert.

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