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The Habsburg Empire: A Very Short Introduction

Martyn Rady

March 2017

ISBN: 9780198792963

152 pages
Paperback
174x111mm

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Very Short Introductions

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The Habsburg Empire reached at various times across most of Europe and the New World. At all the critical moments of European history it is there - confronting Luther, launching the Thirty Years War, repelling the Ottomans, and taking on Napoleon. Martin Rady introduces the fascinating and colourful history of the Habsburgs.

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The Habsburg Empire reached at various times across most of Europe and the New World. At all the critical moments of European history it is there - confronting Luther, launching the Thirty Years War, repelling the Ottomans, and taking on Napoleon. Martin Rady introduces the fascinating and colourful history of the Habsburgs.

  • Covers the history of the Habsburgs, from their tenth-century origins in Switzerland, to the dissolution of the Habsburg Empire in 1918
  • Shows how the Empire was a complex structure of overlapping lands and kingdoms, with borders in constant flux, and discusses how the interests of its rulers changed, just as the larger trends and movements in European history changed
  • Covers more than just a dynastic history, looking at all the Habsburg possessions and describing the influence of the empire on European history and politics
  • Part of the Very Short introductions series - over seven million copies sold wordlwide

About the Author(s)

Martyn Rady, Masaryk Professor of Central European History at University College London

Martyn Rady is Masaryk Professor of Central European History at the School of Slavonic and East European Studies, University College London, where he has taught for 25 years. He is also General Editor of The Slavonic and East European Review, and has an Honorary PhD from the Károli University in Budapest. His books include Customary Law in Hungary: Courts, Texts and the Tripartitum, (OUP, 2015), and Nobility, Land and Service in Medieval Hungary, (Palgrave, 2001).

Table of Contents

    1:Dynasties and empires; titles and peoples
    2:The imperial vision: eleventh to sixteenth centuries
    3:'As if the king of each': sixteenth to seventeenth centuries
    4:In the service of the faith: seventeenth to eighteenth centuries
    5:Enlightenment and reaction: eighteenth to nineteenth centuries
    6:The era of Franz Joseph: nineteenth Century
    7:World war and dissolution: twentieth century
    References
    Further Reading
    Index

Reviews

"A master of compression and lively anecdote, Rady combines his sprightly account of Europe's most enduring and important ruling house with an illuminating commentary on the changing nature and efficacy of dynastic governance." - R.J.W. Evans, Regius Professor of History Emeritus, Oxford University