The Habsburg Empire: A New History

The Habsburg Empire A New History In a panoramic and pioneering reappraisal Pieter Judson shows why the Habsburg Empire mattered so much for so long to millions of Central Europeans Across divides of language religion region and

  • Title: The Habsburg Empire: A New History
  • Author: Pieter M. Judson
  • ISBN: 9780674047761
  • Page: 356
  • Format: Hardcover
  • In a panoramic and pioneering reappraisal, Pieter Judson shows why the Habsburg Empire mattered so much, for so long, to millions of Central Europeans Across divides of language, religion, region, and history, ordinary women and men felt a common attachment to their empire, while bureaucrats, soldiers, politicians, and academics devised inventive solutions to the challengIn a panoramic and pioneering reappraisal, Pieter Judson shows why the Habsburg Empire mattered so much, for so long, to millions of Central Europeans Across divides of language, religion, region, and history, ordinary women and men felt a common attachment to their empire, while bureaucrats, soldiers, politicians, and academics devised inventive solutions to the challenges of governing Europe s second largest state In the decades before and after its dissolution, some observers belittled the Habsburg Empire as a dysfunctional patchwork of hostile ethnic groups and an anachronistic imperial relic Judson examines their motives and explains just how wrong these rearguard critics were.Rejecting fragmented histories of nations in the making, this bold revision surveys the shared institutions that bridged difference and distance to bring stability and meaning to the far flung empire By supporting new schools, law courts, and railroads, along with scientific and artistic advances, the Habsburg monarchs sought to anchor their authority in the cultures and economies of Central Europe A rising standard of living throughout the empire deepened the legitimacy of Habsburg rule, as citizens learned to use the empire s administrative machinery to their local advantage Nationalists developed distinctive ideas about cultural difference in the context of imperial institutions, yet all of them claimed the Habsburg state as their empire.The empire s creative solutions to governing its many lands and peoples as well as the intractable problems it could not solve left an enduring imprint on its successor states in Central Europe Its lessons remain no less important today.

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    1. Fascinating in the early going here with regard to Empress Maria Theresa and her machinations once named monarch to restore provinces snatched away by greedy usurpers. How dare Austria name a woman to lead their country. Well, Maria Theresa in time regained Bohemia, Moravia and part of Silesia after hard bargaining with the Hungarians for military support. Quite a story. This is the first I've read of this monarch's exploits and its proving entertaining. Maria Theresa, or some farsighted advisor [...]

    2. This is a history of the Habsburg monarchs’ administration of their empire. Author Peter Judson stays with this mission such that battles, wars and personalities are incidental. While the level of text is accessible to the general reader, sometimes the level of detail makes it a slog.It begins with the reign of Maria Theresa whose geographically large and ethnically diverse empire was built over 500 years through battles, trade and strategic marriages. Judson shows how Maria Theresa worked to [...]

    3. The Habsburg Empire: A New History, by Pieter M. Judson, is a revisionist analysis of the internal sociological-cultural, political and economic aspects of the Austrian (and Austro-Hungarian) Empire from 1780-1918 (and a small bit beyond). This history examines the internal development that this multi-ethnic Empire went through, and the attempts at reform, subsequent political reactions, and ultimate collapse that ensued. Judson has done an excellent job with this revisionist work, examining a n [...]

    4. A lengthy and detailed tome on the Habsburg Empire or Habsburg Monarchy (also referred to as the Austrian Empire, the Austro-Hungarian Empire, or Austria-Hungary). This book takes an overarching view of the Empire, its history, and its end. Its life ran from 1700-1918, when--at the end of World War I--it collapsed. There were transformations over time, such as the semi-separation between Hungary and Austria in 1867 (when the state became known as Austria-Hungary).The Empire seems to have been a [...]

    5. It's a learned and well-researched book. It follows thus the first requirement to be an excellent History book.Unfortunately, it is also very prolix, a most un-Dutch characteristic.And boring.The latter two make any History book a task to perform, not a pleasure to read.The peculiar thing is that this doesn't tally with the happy smile of the author in his photos around the internet.I'm afraid for me it's a three-star review. It could easily have been a five star one

    6. It's a fairly informative book following mostly the later part of the Empire from the 1780's until the dissolution. The main drawback was the somewhat monotonic style that lacked the page-turning qualities of the best popular history books around

    7. It filled up what i did not know about this empire. However, it also centers a lot on administrative practice, reforms from Maria Theresa to her successors. Surprisingly, this is the 1st time i encounter the topic of nationalism in such a diverse community in the Hapsburg empire.

    8. This is a new and well-researched history of the Habsburg (Austro-Hungarian) empire, focusing on its main period, from the mid-1700s to its demise at the end of World War I. (To its credit, the book says it can't put a date on the empire's demise, only that it fell apart at the end in muddled chaos).It's an internal history, with little discussion of its wars and foreign (Great Power) policy. The book reviews the empire's evolution in administration, education, economic policy, parliamentary ele [...]

    9. * * * * - I liked this book overall. It was written in a sadly dusty style, but its factual contents are worth 4*."The Habsburg Empire: A New History" by Pieter M. Judson is a book I have been waiting for! In-depth analysis of the Austro-Hungarian Empire without the negative bias I seem to feel in most other narratives. P.J. portrays the Habsburg empire in a positive light, almost too apologetic sometimes, although not so much that it hurt. There are several interesting theses and viewpoints P.J [...]

    10. This book was remarkably interesting. It doesn't take National identity as a given, it explores post feudal Austria as a state united by Habsburg institutions, and not by the romantic notion that Germanic languages were sowing the seeds of nationhood for thousands of years. The book addresses the fall of the Holy Roman Empire and the rise of Germany and Austria as I've never seen it in a book before.Granted, there is a lot of dry facts and few interesting events in Austria's (and even Germany's) [...]

    11. This was a refreshing perspective on the Austro-Hungarian empire. This country often gets brushed aside as structurally doomed to failure and thus not worth examining. Having descended from people who left this country not long before it was broken up, I too had fallen victim to assuming it was bound to fail. Judson argues rather persuasively that if it wasn't for World War I and the peace of Versaille, Austro-Hungy had a chance to evolve into a stable empire based upon a federalist system. Fit [...]

    12. A good book in terms of demonstrating the multi-dimensional nature and the complexities of the nationality question of the Habsburg Empire. Yet in other issues (cultural, economic, social etc.), the book is rather superficial, bugged down with seemingly unimportant details/ anectodes. It presumably lacks a good editor.

    13. A good read covering the history of the Habsburgs. The 200+ years history of the Habsburgs and their rule of Austria and relationships covering all of Europe.

    14. Written by Pieter Judson, a historian who teaches in Florence, "The Habsburg Empire: A New History" is a difficult book to review. On the one hand, the book is a dazzling work of scholarship that provides a new interpretation of the history of what was once one of the largest empires in Europe. On the other hand, the book, while often fascinating, is a very dry, very slow read. The book therefore probably should only be read by people with a keen interest in the topic. Such readers likely will f [...]

    15. This books yearns for an editor. Not just very verbose, but it keeps repeating whole sentences. Also full of annoying typos. Do you a reasonable book on this topic? Please reach out to me.

    16. This book is an astonishing reversal of the conventional vision about Austria and, later, Austria-Hungary between the years just before the French Revolution and the end of World War I. While the author demonstrates a masterly command in the use and interpretation of a great variety of historiographical sources, his most remarkable achievement is his convincing reconstruction of the many interactions between ordinary people and the state they were subjects (and later citizens) of, during more th [...]

    17. Broad social history of the Habsburg Empire from the 1770s to its formal dissolution, with a focus on its political institutions. Arguing that 1) nationalism in and of itself was not the cause of the empire's fall, and 2) the use of 'nationalism' is in the use of common languages and cultural traditions was part of a deliberate attempt by the existing imperial structure to manage reforms. Judson talks up the relative adaptability of this state, and how it was able to hold on for centuries throug [...]

    18. this made for an interesting read on the habsburg empire and its critical importance in helping to shape and in some cases create many of Central Europe's current nation states. this was definitely an eye opening approach to discussing the Habsburg Empire as it was very well balanced throughout and did do a great deal in my opinion to show how the empire evolved over the years without being overly negative about the subject matter, discussing on many occasions how challenges were met head on and [...]

    19. This book breaks something of a dam that has built up over fifty years since the last great wave of histories of the Habsburg Empire appeared in the 1960s when the centenary of the Austro-Hungarian Compromise was on historians minds. While there have been a few histories of the Empire written in the intervening half century, they have hewn roughly to the thesis that rising nationalism had turned the Empire into an anachronism. Building on a substantial body of work that has been chipping away at [...]

    20. This is a good solid read. There was a time when the Austro-Hungarian Empire was ahead of its time in terms of social progress; however an ill-advised war poorly executed along with general decay in governance lead to its eventual decline. There is much to learn about governing a multinational and multi-ethnic society both from its failures and successes. This unique read leads to a better understanding of this period in history.

    21. Gave up after reading about a third. An incredibly annoying book. Tries too hard to refute the existing historical consensus on the Hapsburg empire, by being selective and biased in his sources. Wish I hadn't bought it. I just wanted a readable overview of the Hapsburg Empire, this is not it.

    22. Pieter Judson has written a mind-numbing history The Hapsburg Empire filled with boring details and no profiles of Maria Theresa, Metternich or Francis Joseph. Little historical context.

    23. Docked an extra star for Judson's bewildering, irritating decision to give city names with their translations instead of just choosing one. (i.e Lviv is always referred to as Lwów/Lviv/Lemberg.)

    24. This book is a revisionist history of the Habsburg empire,and as such would be a much easier read for someone who was already a specialist in (non-revised) Habsburg history -- which I am not. Fortunately, Mr. Judson has anticipated the problem, and has included enough straight history and explanation of where previous historians (and their interpreters) have gone wrong, so that the whole book is both intelligible and interesting. The book covers the the period from the middle of the XVIII centur [...]

    25. Fascinating period and important perspective on a neglected domain in history available to readers in English. Uneven writing making some chapters a challenge but the underlying discussion well worth reading

    26. A clear-sighted revision of the history the Dual Monarchy that effectively demolishes the Nationalist interpretations still dominant in the popular discourse -- and serves as timely warning of the dangers of those narratives, now again in the ascendant.

    27. Sociology and history. More analysis than history Specialized history. This volume was recommended by a reviewer as a series of insights of the empires that collapsed at WWI. I Read it with the intention of understanding the consequences of the war ending negotiations. Instead what I found is a semi-sociological study of the development or not of beliefs and identity of nationalism. The author has a point of view that is somewhat scary. That empires are made of strong leaders and not of the part [...]

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