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The Habsburg monarchy : from enlightenment to eclipse /
Robin Okey
New York : St. Martin's Press, 2001.
ix, 456 p. : maps ; 23 cm.
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New York : St. Martin's Press, 2001.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 416-439) and index.
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About the Author
Author Affiliation
Robin Okey is Senior Lecturer in History at the University of Warwick.
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Appeared in Choice on 2001-12-01:
Scholars and students will welcome this fine survey of the Habsburg Monarchy in the modern era. It puts much more emphasis on social and economic history than earlier histories of the monarchy and incorporates the most recent scholarship and methodology. Okey (history, Univ. of Warwick) is careful to balance narrative with analysis of developments by region and topic, and to place Habsburg modernization in a European context. This is comparative history at its best. The author makes clear distinctions between the major developments, accomplishments, and problems of the Austrian (Cisleithanian) part of the monarchy and those of the Hungarian Kingdom, especially in part 2, which covers the years of the Dual Monarchy (1867-1918), never losing sight of the patterns emerging in the monarchy as a whole. Okey also identifies the roots of conflicts that dominated the region during the interwar and WW II years. The sources are listed in the rich annotated bibliography, which is organized by chapter and topic and includes books and articles in major European languages as well as those of the smaller peoples of the sprawling multinational Habsburg state. Some footnotes. Highly recommended for all collections. E. M. Despalatovic formerly, Connecticut College
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"Scholars and students will welcome this fine survey of the Habsburg Monarchy in the modern era."--Choice
"Scholars and students will welcome this fine survey of the Habsburg Monarchy in the modern era." --Choice
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Main Description
For centuries the Habsburg Monarchy loomed large on the map of Europe and events since 1989 have certainly redirected attention to the lands it once incorporated. Robin Okey's The Habsburg Monarchy thoroughly explores the dynastic characters and the multi-national complexity of the region as well as the way the Monarchy dealt with issues within the European framework, like the ending of Absolutism and education. This books spans from Joseph II's accession as Holy Roman Emperor and joint ruler of the Habsburg lands with his Mother Maria Theresa in 1765 to its fall in 1918. Utilizing English, German, Serbo-Croat, Czech, and Magyar sources, as well as others, this book is the most comprehensive history of the Habsburg Empire ever written.
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The multi-national Habsburg empire has never lost its fascination since its fall in 1918. Robin Okey's book shows how the Habsburg peoples experienced the same social, economi, and political processes as most other Europeans, in ways that cast interesting light on these processes from both the European and the Habsburg angle. Opposing views that the national problem was therefore subordinate to underlying socio-economic backwardness, Okey argues for the inextricable entanglement of the two themes, as nationalism emerged from a process of social mobilization which threatened the position of dominant Austro-Germans and Magyars. Robin Okey brings a distinctive approach to an intriguing subject, in a comprehensive study based on wide reading in most of the Monarchy's languages.
Table of Contents
Forewordp. vi
Mapsp. x
Dynastic Empire, c. 1765-1867p. 1
Foundationsp. 3
Joseph II and his Legacyp. 40
Metternich's Austria: Pyrrhic Victory Abroad, Social Question at Homep. 68
Liberalism and Nationalismp. 99
1848-49p. 128
Eventful Transition, 1849-67p. 157
Constitutional Monarchy, 1867-1918p. 191
Liberalismp. 193
Economics, 1867-1914p. 228
Society and Social Movementsp. 251
Nationalismp. 283
Hungaryp. 310
Austria-Hungary in the Early Twentieth Centuryp. 336
To World War and Collapsep. 369
Notesp. 402
Annotated Bibliographyp. 416
Indexp. 440
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