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MOBI æ DOC The Habsburg Empire A New History 9780674047761 ô [Reading] ➹ The Habsburg Empire A New History By Pieter M. Judson – 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 divideHroughout 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 empireThe 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 toda 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 ualities of the best popular history books around

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Ups and an anachronistic imperial relic Judson examines their motives and explains just how wrong these rearguard critics wereRejecting 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 t This is a fantastic book that emphasizes the Habsburgs' strategies of rule rather than a broad overview of all Habsburg history In the first portion of this work Judson argues that the Habsburg Empire engaged in large scale reform in hopes of creating a coherent imperial state After the Congress of Vienna the Habsburg Empire dropped its reformist policies and instead aimed to simply keep the peace By 1848 Judson argues that nationalism became a force of its own although the Habsburgs were capable of accommodating these national movements by reinstituting new reforms Interestingly he suggests that there was wide ranging popular support for the empire virtually everywhere outside of Hungary and ItalyAlthough much of the work illustrates the Habsburgs as an empire that was indeed muddling along Judson argues that the First World War was not the proverbial straw that broke the camel's back but that the Habsburg empire was capable of lasting much longer it was not simply an anachronism However with the onset of World War I Habsburg governance took a authoritarian turn towards new sets of unforeseen issues and peoples all across the empire began to distrust the government eventually contributing to its collapse in 1918To me the Habsburg Empire is one of the most interesting facets of European history in the long nineteenth century Most of the time it seems to be a complete anomaly and a curious subject of study However Judson highlights the similarities that the Habsburgs had with other European powers in the hopes of demystifying the Habsburgs As rightly guided as this is I still cannot shake the utter strangeness of the Habsburg Empire Despite its rather freuent oppressiveness and paralysis in the face of political crisis I have a great deal of affection for this often maligned empire and look forward to reading about it

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The Habsburg Empire A New HistoryIn 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 gro 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 uite a story This is the first I've read of this monarch's exploits and its proving entertaining Maria Theresa or some farsighted advisors saw the importance of crushing some feudal institutions such as the robot which gave the nobility control over the working lives of the peasantry and the tax free status of the nobles themselves So as the authors of Why Nations Fail would say she decreased the extractive burden on the peasantry believing they and the state would be far better off if they were left to promote their own self interests This began to undermine the very logic behind traditional social hierarchies ie feudalism Moreover after the loss of her most commercially active region Silesia to Prussia during the War of the Austrian Succession she made Triest Fiume and Brody all tax free zones as a means of spurring trade