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Re: QUERY: Articles on 18th-century Eastern Europe?

I second the Evans recommendation, especially some of the essays in, Robert John Weston Evans, Austria, Hungary, and the Habsburgs: Essays on Central Europe, C.1683-1867 (Oxford ; New York: Oxford University Press, 2006).

I would also suggest Derek Edward Dawson Beales, Enlightenment and Reform in 18th-Century Europe, International Library of Historical Studies 29 (London: I.B. Tauris, 2005). I think that the essay in Chapter 11 "Was Joseph II an Enlightened Despot?" and Chapter 12 "Joseph II and Josephism" gives a nice overview of the Historiography.

Re: QUERY: Articles on 18th-century Eastern Europe?


The Argentine historian Ezequiel Adamovsky published an intriguing response to Wolff's thesis back in 2006. I am always surprised that more people don't know Adamovsky's work.

Here's the citation for his JMH article on the topic:

"Euro-Orientalism and the Making of the Concept of Eastern Europe in France, 1810–1880" The Journal of Modern History (Chicago), no. 77, September 2005, pp. 591–628.

And here's his website. A wide-ranging and original thinker.

Request for support: Fulbright survey

The Austrian Fulbright Commission is celebrating its 65th anniversary this year, and it is interested in identifying alumni from its programs (Fulbright grantees as well as former participants in the Austrian US Teaching Assistantship Program) who are members of HABSBURG as part of an outreach initiative.  It is asking the alumni of its programs to complete a brief survey that has been designed to track longitudinal impacts of its programs and to document former program participants’ ongoing contributions to the Fulbright Program’s mandate of the promotion of mutual

QUERY: Articles on 18th-century Eastern Europe?

I am trying to fill a hole in the syllabus of a graduate course on Eastern Europe, 1750-present. Traditionally, I began with reading Larry Wolff's Invention of Eastern Europe, but beginning there has the side effect of assuring some students that it's all a Western construction. So last time I began with a selection of articles on 18th century East European society (and then turned to Wolff).