Austria, Hungary, and the Habsburgs: Central Europe by R. J. W. Evans

By R. J. W. Evans

This publication deal with a few interrelated topics over 2 hundred years and extra within the political, non secular, cultural, and social background of a vast yet frequently ignored swathe of the eu continent. It seeks - opposed to the grain of traditional shows - to understand the period from the later 17th to the later 19th century as a complete, and to illustrate continuities, in addition to casting gentle on key elements of the evolution in the direction of smooth statehood and nationwide information in primary Europe, and the crises of ancien-regime strucutres there within the face of recent demanding situations at domestic and abroad.

Each of the essays - a few of which in particular written for this quantity, and others to be had for the 1st time in English - is meant to be free-standing and obtainable by itself; yet also they are designed to slot jointly and display an total coherence. a lot realization is dedicated to the Austrian or Habsburg lands, particularly the interaction of the most territories which comprised them. A relevant factor here's the evoltuion of the dominion of Hungary, from its complete acquisition by way of the Habsburgs in the beginning of the interval to the emergence of the twin Austro-Hungarian Monarchy on the finish. however the chapters additionally variety extra boradly, either territorially and chronologically.

Though a lot of the scholarship underpinning this masterly exploration should be surprising to many readers, it is a an elegantly written and stimulating assortment, which displays the exploratory and person personality of the essay as a genre.

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