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

CfP: Medical Authority and Professional Power Relations in East Central Europe in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries

The Hungarian Historical Review (hunghist.org) invites submissions for its third issue in 2023, the theme of which will be:

Medical Authority and Professional Power Relations in East Central Europe in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries: Actors, Spaces, Discourses

The deadline for the submission of abstracts: December 15, 2022

The deadline for the submission of accepted papers: March 31, 2023

CfA: Nominations to the Central European History Society's Executive Board

The Central European History Society (CEHS) seeks nominations (including self-nominations) for two members on its executive board: one vice president-elect and one at-large member. Nominees should be affiliated with an accredited North American institution of higher education.

The vice president-elect will serve four years, 2023-2027, namely one year each as vice president-elect, vice president, president and past president (in that order). The at-large member will serve for three years, 2023-2026.

CfP: East Central Europe at the Crossroads: Jewish Transnational Networks and Identities (Warsaw, 18-21 June 2023)

This conference brings together the latest scholarship on the broad themes of transnationalism, intersectionality and cross-border exchanges in Jewish history from the early modern period to the present. 
  • Conference date: 18-21 June, 2023
  • Venue: POLIN Museum, Warsaw, Poland
  • Applications in English until November 7, 2022

For centuries, the Polish lands were one of the main centers of Jewish life and culture.

TALK: QhoD Book Talks - September 21, 2022, Gábor Ágoston on his new book (Online via Zoom)

Dear colleagues,

We would like to invite you all to the next session of the QhoD Book Talk Series.

On Wednesday, September 21, 2022 Prof. Gábor Ágoston of Georgetown University will talk via Zoom about his new book The Last Muslim Conquest: The Ottoman Empire and Its Wars in Europe (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2021). The talk will take place online via Zoom on September 21 at 18:15, Vienna (Austria) time.

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Recent Reviews

Author: 
Shlomo Avineri
Reviewer: 
Mark Blum

Blum on Avineri, 'Herzl's Vision: Theodor Herzl and the Foundation of the Jewish State'

Shlomo Avineri. Herzl's Vision: Theodor Herzl and the Foundation of the Jewish State. Translated by Haim Walztman. Katonah, NY: BlueBridge, 2013. 304 pp. $22.95 (cloth), ISBN 978-1-933346-98-4.

Reviewed by Mark Blum (University of Louisville) Published on HABSBURG (March, 2015) Commissioned by Jonathan Kwan

The Experiential Development of Theodor Herzl's Vision

Author: 
Brent Mueggenberg
Reviewer: 
Alexander Maxwell

Maxwell on Mueggenberg, 'The Czecho-Slovak Struggle for Independence, 1914-1920'

Brent Mueggenberg. The Czecho-Slovak Struggle for Independence, 1914-1920. Jefferson: McFarland & Company, 2014. 322 pp. $45.00 (paper), ISBN 978-0-7864-9625-9.

Reviewed by Alexander Maxwell (Victorian University of Wellington) Published on HABSBURG (January, 2015) Commissioned by Jonathan Kwan

The Czechoslovak Legion in Context, 1914-1920

Author: 
James Hodkinson, John Walker, eds.
Reviewer: 
Dirk Goettsche

Goettsche on Hodkinson and Walker, 'Deploying Orientalism in Culture and History: From Germany to Central and Eastern Europe'

James Hodkinson, John Walker, eds. Deploying Orientalism in Culture and History: From Germany to Central and Eastern Europe. Studies in German Literature, Linguistics, and Culture Series. Rochester: Camden House, 2013. 268 pp. $90.00 (cloth), ISBN 978-1-57113-575-9.

Reviewed by Dirk Goettsche (University of Nottingham) Published on HABSBURG (November, 2014) Commissioned by Jonathan Kwan

Orientalism in Comparative Perspectives

Author: 
Lisa Silverman
Reviewer: 
Ian Reifowitz

Reifowitz on Silverman, 'Becoming Austrians: Jews and Culture between the World Wars'

Lisa Silverman. Becoming Austrians: Jews and Culture between the World Wars. Oxford University Press, 2012. xi + 334 pp. $55.00 (cloth), ISBN 978-0-19-979484-3.

Reviewed by Ian Reifowitz (State University of New York) Published on HABSBURG (June, 2014) Commissioned by Jonathan Kwan

Jewish Difference and Identity in Interwar Austria

Author: 
R. J. W. Evans, Peter H. Wilson, eds.
Reviewer: 
Andrew L. Thomas

Thomas on Evans and Wilson, 'The Holy Roman Empire, 1495-1806: A European Perspective'

R. J. W. Evans, Peter H. Wilson, eds. The Holy Roman Empire, 1495-1806: A European Perspective. Brill's Companions to European History Series. Leiden: Brill, 2012. Illustrations. xiv + 401 pp. $196.00 (cloth), ISBN 978-90-04-20683-0.

Reviewed by Andrew L. Thomas (Salem College) Published on HABSBURG (June, 2014) Commissioned by Jonathan Kwan

The Holy Roman Empire and Its Neighbors

Author: 
Peter Tscherkassky, ed.
Reviewer: 
John Warren

Warren on Skidmore and Mueller, 'Cinema and Social Change in Germany and Austria' and Tscherkassky, 'Film Unframed: A History of Austrian Avant-Garde Cinema'

James Martin Skidmore, Gabriele Mueller, eds. Cinema and Social Change in Germany and Austria. Film and Media Studies Series. Waterloo: Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 2012. ix + 302 pp. $85.00 (cloth), ISBN 978-1-55458-225-9.Peter Tscherkassky, ed. Film Unframed: A History of Austrian Avant-Garde Cinema.

Author: 
Gemma Blackshaw, Sabine Wieber, eds.
Reviewer: 
Alison Rose

Rose on Blackshaw and Wieber, 'Journeys into Madness: Mapping Mental Illness in the Austro-Hungarian Empire'

Gemma Blackshaw, Sabine Wieber, eds. Journeys into Madness: Mapping Mental Illness in the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Austrian and Habsburg Studies Seris. New York: Berghahn Books, 2012. Illustrations. viii + 213 pp. $70.00 (cloth), ISBN 978-0-85745-458-4.

Reviewed by Alison Rose (University of Rhode Island (Providence)) Published on HABSBURG (March, 2014) Commissioned by Jonathan Kwan

Madness and Modernity in the Austrian Context

Author: 
Mária Palasik
Reviewer: 
Deborah S. Cornelius

Cornelius on Palasik, 'Chess Game for Democracy: Hungary between East and West, 1944-1947'

Mária Palasik. Chess Game for Democracy: Hungary between East and West, 1944-1947. Montreal: McGill-Queen's University Press, 2011. xvii + 230 pp. $95.00 (cloth), ISBN 978-0-7735-3849-8; $32.95 (paper), ISBN 978-0-7735-3850-4.

Reviewed by Deborah S. Cornelius (Independent Scholar) Published on HABSBURG (January, 2014) Commissioned by John C. Swanson

Author: 
Joanne M. Ferraro
Reviewer: 
David Laven

Laven on Ferraro, 'Venice: History of the Floating City'

Joanne M. Ferraro. Venice: History of the Floating City. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2012. 300 pp. $28.99 (cloth), ISBN 978-0-521-88359-7.

Reviewed by David Laven (University of Nottingham) Published on HABSBURG (January, 2014) Commissioned by Jonathan Kwan

A Complete History of Venice?

Author: 
Larry Wolff
Reviewer: 
Christel Radica

Radica on Wolff, 'Paolina's Innocence: Child Abuse in Casanova's Venice'

Larry Wolff. Paolina's Innocence: Child Abuse in Casanova's Venice. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2012. x + 315 pp. $29.95 (paper), ISBN 978-0-8047-6262-5.

Reviewed by Christel Radica (University of Nottingham) Published on HABSBURG (November, 2013) Commissioned by Jonathan Kwan

Paolina's Case: Evidence of a New Sensitivity to Childhood?

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