Welcome to HABSBURG, H-Net’s network on the Habsburg Monarchy and its successor states
This welcome message is designed to provide you with basic information about this network. It has six parts:
I. HABSBURG's Scope and Purpose; Benefits of Membership
II. The Editors
III. The Advisory Board
IV. Communicating Through the List: Copyright, Etiquette, Format
V. The HABSBURG Site on the World Wide Web
VI. Our Parent Organization: H-Net
I. The HABSBURG Network: Scope, Content, Purpose
HABSBURG is devoted to the history and culture of the former Habsburg lands and their peoples from 1500 to the present. Founded in October 1991, it was the first Internet discussion group dedicated to an historical theme.
HABSBURG is a member of H-Net, an independent, international consortium of scholars with primary computer hosts at Michigan State University. We are affiliated with the Center for Austrian Studies, the Society for Austrian and Habsburg History, the Czechoslovak History Conference, and the American Association for the Study of Hungarian History.
A. FUNCTIONS of HABSBURG:
- Establish an instantaneous, trans-oceanic link between historians in the field. The current membership numbers over 1,000, drawn from two dozen countries on four continents.
- Commission, post, and archive book reviews and other contributions to scholarship by our members
- Promote the discussion and debate of provocative historical issues, including those raised by recent historical publications or current events
- Allow individuals to make announcements of a professional nature
- Share ideas about teaching the history of our region
HABSBURG is not designed to compete with related public affairs or groups or with print journals, but only to complement them by providing a scholarly, historical forum for rapid interaction. Nor is it designed to assist students in preparing undergraduate-level writing assignments, such as term papers or book reports.
Habsburg is edited by field experts approved by the network board and certified by H-Net’s Executive Council. The editors serve two-year renewable terms and rotate their duties. Editors are listed in the Network Staff List linked from the network’s front page. The editors will solicit postings through the Commons, will approve new subscriptions, will handle routine inquiries, and manage submissions.
Anyone with suggestions about what Habsburg can and might do is invited to send in ideas by writing to the editorial address. The editors will solicit and post newsletter-type information (calls for conferences, for example, or listings of sessions at conventions.)
Like all H-Net networks, Habsburg is moderated to edit out material that, in the editors' opinion, is not germane to the network mission, involves technical matters (such as subscription management requests), is inflammatory, or violates evolving, yet common, standards of Internet etiquette. Please read section IV below for details about ownership, style, formatting, and content of your messages. H-Net's procedure for resolving disputes over editorial practices is Article II, Section 2.02 of our council policies, located at:
For a list of current editors, follow this link.
HABSBURG's daily activities are managed by the editors. Its long-term policies are developed by the advisory board. If you are interested in serving on the board, please contact the current editor. Board members referee incoming articles, reviews, and teaching materials; establish basic subscription restrictions and policy; advise the editors on disputes among editors and subscribers; monitor the network and make active contributions to discussion; and serve as the subscribers' voice in H-Net affairs. You are encouraged to contact any or all of the advisory board members with ideas and concerns about Habsburg.
For a list of the current advisory board, follow this link!
IV. Communicating Through the Network
A. Copyright notice.
Unless otherwise indicated, reviews commissioned by H-Net and published under its imprint are subject to a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 United States License.
A full copy of the H-Net Council Policies and Bylaws and other important information may be found at: http://www.h-net.org/about/.
The tone and content of Habsburg depends directly on subscribers. The editors want to encourage lively, informal, productive discussion and exchange of information. To that end, we ask that contributions be considerate of the needs of a busy audience of scholars, many of whom must pay for their access to the internet. A number of excellent guides to online behavior and style are available on the internet and we invite you consult them.
- ALL CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE NETWORK MUST BE SIGNED. If your profile on the H-Net Commons is not filled out with a valid name and affiliation the editors will delay posting until authorship and email address are confirmed.
- CONTENT: Editors retain the right to review material for its pertinence, tone, style, and relevance to the network's mission. Ad hominems, unattributed quotations or innuendo, private messages forwarded for posting without permission, or messages that violate the norms of civility and professional courtesy will be rejected. Persistent violators can be removed as subscribers to the network. H-Net permanently archives its content on the H-Net Commons. Do not submit material that you consider to be of a private nature or that you would not want available to future readers.
- STYLE: the default editorial style for discussion postings is that of a letter to the editor. Your remarks can be crafted to suit the tone of an existing discussion thread, but in any case they should address the editor and not make direct personal references to others, except where you are replying directly to a simple query (e.g., "you can find this information in Webster's Third International Dictionary."). Avoid excessive quotation of messages you refer or reply to.
- FORMAT: While you can submit your posts to the Commons using various fonts, styles and formatting these may be edited by the editor for uniformity and readability.
The Habsburg network site contains the following required information and services:
- The archives of the Habsburg network discussions and other uploaded content
- The network's official documents: its about page, lists of board members and editors, contact information, and other founding and information documents.
- Hypertext links to resources in our subject: teaching materials, research archives, other networks.
VI. Our Parent Organization: H-Net
H-Net is an international consortium of scholars in the humanities and social sciences that creates and coordinates electronic networks, using a variety of media, and with a common objective of advancing humanities and social science teaching and research. H-Net was created to provide a positive, supportive, egalitarian environment for the friendly exchange of ideas and scholarly resources.
The goals of H-Net networks are to enable scholars to easily communicate current research and teaching interests; to discuss new approaches, methods and tools of analysis; to share information on electronic databases; and to test new ideas and share comments on the literature in their fields.
H-Net's Council Policies and Bylaws, along with a list of its officers and committees, is available at: http://www.h-net.org/about/
Among H-Net's many services are:
- Book and software reviews: timely, exhaustive, authoritative, professional, fast. Mailed through our lists and stored in searchable, printable, retrievable format on our site at http://www.h-net.org/reviews.
- Job guide postings: at regular intervals, H-Net offers employment information in a broad array of fields in the humanities and social sciences. https://www.h-net.org/jobs/home.php
- H-Net calendar: announcements of conferences, papers, and professional activities, archived and searchable at our web site. You can visit our site and sample these and other services, at: http://www.h-net.org/announce
CONTACTING H-NET FOR MORE INFORMATION:
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East Lansing, MI 48824
Phone: (517) 432-5134
Fax: (517) 884-6994
Executive Director: Prof. Peter Knupfer
Michigan State University