Welcome to HABSBURG, a member of the H-Net Humanities & Social Sciences Online family of networks sponsored by the Michigan State University. HABSBURG is a daily Internet discussion forum dedicated to the history and culture of the Habsburg Monarchy, its successor states, and their peoples from 1500 to the present. The primary purpose for HABSBURG is to enable scholars in history and related disciplines to communicate current research and research interests, stimulate discussion of approaches, methods and tools of analysis and circulate information on new articles, books, jobs/grants and resources. All languages are welcome.

Founded in October 1991, HABSBURG was the first Internet discussion group dedicated to an historical theme. We are affiliated with the Center for Austrian Studies, the Society for Austrian and Habsburg History, the Czechoslovak Studies Association, and the Hungarian Studies Association. We welcome any new members and encourage participation in HABSBURG activities. If you have any question or wish to become more involved, please get in touch with the editorial team.

Recent Discussions

ToC: Family and emotions - New issue of the Hungarian Historical Review

The Hungarian Historical Review's new issue on family and emotions is out, including:

Gabriella Erdélyi: Negotiating Widowhood and Female Agency in Seventeenth-Century Hungary 

Angelika Orgona: Loving Husbands, Caring Fathers, Glorious Ancestors: Male Family Roles in Early Modern Transylvania 

Zsófia Kucserka: Friends or Enemies? Sisterhood in Nineteenth-Century Hungarian Novels and Diaries 

Edina Tünde Gál: Impoverished by Cholera: Widows, Widowers, and Orphans after the 1873 Cholera Epidemic in Kolozsvár 

ToC: Opera historica 2020, Nr. 2: Epidemics in the Habsburg Hereditary Lands

A new issue of Opera historica has been published. This time, it is a speicalized issue focused on the history of epidemics in the Habsburg hereditary lands (i.e. the Bohemian lands and Austrian core lands). It presents contributions by Czech and Austrian historians, this time written in Czech and German. The articles have English abstracts and we will publish longer English summaries of the Czech articles in our blog section. The abstracts can be opened on our website.

BLOG: Behördenkommunikation in Zeiten der Epidemie (Veronika Hyden-Hanscho; ÖAW IHB Habsburg-Blog)

Quarantäne, Einreisebeschränkungen, Absperrung ganzer Orte – vieles, was unsere derzeitige pandemische Krise kennzeichnet, bestimmte bereits in der Frühen Neuzeit den Alltag; ohne Hoffnung auf wirksame Medikamente oder eine Impfung.

Wir befinden uns auf einer der größten südböhmischen adeligen Grundherrschaften, Krumau (Český Krumlov), in nächster Nähe zu Oberösterreich und Bayern. Immer wieder brachen dort — wie überall in der Habsburgermonarchie — epidemische Krankheiten aus, meist Typhus und Fleckfieber, selten auch die Pest. […]

CfP: "War and nation-building in East-Central Europe in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries" (The Hungarian Historical Review)

The Hungarian Historical Review invites submissions for its first issue in 2022, the theme of which will be

"War and nation-building in East-Central Europe in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries"

The deadline for the submission of abstracts: May 15, 2021.
The deadline for the accepted papers: September 15, 2021.

Korrektur der Ankündigung des Kick-Off Meetings von VieCPro am 19.3.2021: Gefahr eines Zoom-Bombings

In der Ankündigug des Kick-Off Meeting vom 19. Januar 2021 wurde zur Teilnahme an dem Workshop am 19. März 2021 ein öffentlicher Zoom-Link ausgesendet. Hierdurch existiert die reale Gefahr eines unerwünschten Eindringens einer Person, eines Hackprogramms oder Internet-Trollen in eine Videokonferenz, sogenanntes ZOOM-Bombing.

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Recent Reviews

Author: 
Charles W. Ingrao
Reviewer: 
William D. Godsey

Godsey on Ingrao, 'The Habsburg Monarchy, 1618-1815'

Charles W. Ingrao. The Habsburg Monarchy, 1618-1815. New Approaches to European History Series. Third edition. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2019. 324 pp. $33.99 (paper), ISBN 978-1-108-71333-7; $105.00 (cloth), ISBN 978-1-108-49925-5.

Reviewed by William D. Godsey (Institute for Habsburg and Balkan Studies at the Austrian Academy of Sciences) Published on HABSBURG (February, 2021) Commissioned by Jonathan Singerton (Universität Innsbruck)

Author: 
Michael Prokosch
Reviewer: 
Elias Knapp

Knapp on Prokosch, 'Das Alteste Burgerbuch Der Stadt Linz (1658-1707): Edition Und Auswertung (Quelleneditionen Des Instituts Fur Osterreichische Geschicht) (German Edition)'

Michael Prokosch. Das Alteste Burgerbuch Der Stadt Linz (1658-1707): Edition Und Auswertung (Quelleneditionen Des Instituts Fur Osterreichische Geschicht) (German Edition). Vienna: Böhlau Verlag, 2019. 308 pp. EUR 50.00 (paper), ISBN 978-3-205-20885-3

Author: 
Klaus Hödl
Reviewer: 
Alexander Vari

Vari on Hakkarainen, 'Comical Modernity: Popular Humour and the Transformation of Urban Space in Late Nineteenth-Century Vienna' and Hödl, 'Entangled Entertainers: Jews and Popular Culture in Fin-de-Siècle Vienna'

Heidi Hakkarainen. Comical Modernity: Popular Humour and the Transformation of Urban Space in Late Nineteenth-Century Vienna. Austrian and Habsburg Studies Series. New York: Berghahn Books, 2019. Illustrations. viii + 279 pp. $135.00 (cloth), ISBN 978-1-78920-273-1Klaus Hödl. Entangled Entertainers: Jews and Popular Culture in Fin-de-Siècle Vienna.

Author: 
Alexander Maxwell
Reviewer: 
Balint Varga

Varga on Maxwell, 'Everyday Nationalism in Hungary: 1789-1867'

Alexander Maxwell. Everyday Nationalism in Hungary: 1789-1867. Berlin: De Gruyter, 2019. iv + 258 pp. $103.99 (cloth), ISBN 978-3-11-063411-2.

Reviewed by Balint Varga (Institute of History, Loránd Eötvös Research Network) Published on HABSBURG (October, 2020) Commissioned by Jonathan Singerton (Universität Innsbruck)

Printable Version: https://www.h-net.org/reviews/showpdf.php?id=55687

Author: 
Ferenc Rákóczi II
Reviewer: 
Charles Ingrao

Ingrao on Rákóczi II, 'Confessio Peccatoris, Memoirs'

Ferenc Rákóczi II. Confessio Peccatoris, Memoirs. Translated by Bernard Adams; with an afterword by Gábor Tüskés. Budapest: Corvina, 2019. 2 vols. 628 pp. $69.99 (paper), ISBN 978-963-13-6564-1

Reviewed by Charles Ingrao (Purdue University) Published on HABSBURG (June, 2020) Commissioned by Jonathan Singerton (Universität Innsbruck)

Author: 
David W. Gerlach
Reviewer: 
Cathie Carmichael

Carmichael on Gerlach, 'The Economy of Ethnic Cleansing: The Transformation of the German-Czech Borderlands after World War II'

David W. Gerlach. The Economy of Ethnic Cleansing: The Transformation of the German-Czech Borderlands after World War II. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2017. 308 pp. $99.99 (cloth), ISBN 978-1-107-19619-3.

Reviewed by Cathie Carmichael (University of East Anglia) Published on HABSBURG (May, 2019) Commissioned by Borislav Chernev

Author: 
Irina Livezeanu, Árpád von Klimó, eds.
Reviewer: 
Matei Costinescu

Costinescu on Livezeanu and Klimó, 'The Routledge History of East Central Europe since 1700'

Irina Livezeanu, Árpád von Klimó, eds. The Routledge History of East Central Europe since 1700. Routledge Histories Series. New York: Routledge, 2017. xvi + 522 pp. $245.00 (cloth), ISBN 978-0-415-58433-3.

Reviewed by Matei Costinescu (Independent Scholar) Published on HABSBURG (May, 2019) Commissioned by Borislav Chernev

Author: 
Edgard Haider
Reviewer: 
Tim Kirk

Kirk on Haider, 'Wien 1918: Agonie der Kaiserstadt'

Edgard Haider. Wien 1918: Agonie der Kaiserstadt. Weimar, Germany: Boehlau Verlag, 2017. 418 pp. $37.00 (cloth), ISBN 978-3-205-20486-2.

Reviewed by Tim Kirk (Newcastle University) Published on HABSBURG (April, 2019) Commissioned by Borislav Chernev

Printable Version: http://www.h-net.org/reviews/showpdf.php?id=53044

Author: 
Tamara Trojanowska, Joanna Niżyńska, Przemysław Czapliński
Reviewer: 
Aleksandra Witczak Haugstad

Witczak Haugstad on Trojanowska and Niżyńska and Czapliński, 'Being Poland: A New History of Polish Literature and Culture since 1918'

Tamara Trojanowska, Joanna Niżyńska, Przemysław Czapliński. Being Poland: A New History of Polish Literature and Culture since 1918. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2018. 856 pp. $125.00 (cloth), ISBN 978-1-4426-5018-3.

Reviewed by Aleksandra Witczak Haugstad (Research Council of Norway) Published on HABSBURG (April, 2019) Commissioned by Borislav Chernev

Author: 
Ivo Goldstein, Slavko Goldstein
Reviewer: 
Roland Clark

Clark on Goldstein and Goldstein, 'The Holocaust in Croatia'

Ivo Goldstein, Slavko Goldstein. The Holocaust in Croatia. Russian and East European Studies Series. Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press, 2016. 736 pp. $39.95 (cloth), ISBN 978-0-8229-4451-5.

Reviewed by Roland Clark (University of Liverpool) Published on HABSBURG (March, 2019) Commissioned by Borislav Chernev

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