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: Sovereignties in Contention: Nations, Regions, and Citizens in Europe (Madrid, deadline Oct. 16)

The Council for European Studies (CES) at Columbia University invites proposal submissions on the themes of Sovereignties in Contention: Nations, Regions and Citizens in Europe. The conference will be held at the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid on June 20-22, 2019.

JOB: University of Nevada, Reno, Assistant Professor in 20th-Century History of Central Europe

The Department of History at the University of Nevada, Reno invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professorship in the 20th-century history of Central Europe, with such potential national foci as Germany, Italy, Poland, Hungary, or others in this diverse region. We seek innovative scholars who take social, cultural, political, intellectual, economic, environmental, transnational or other analytically exciting approaches to historical research.

JOB: University of Florida, Assistant Professor in Early Modern European History

The Department of History at the University of Florida invites applications for a full-time, nine-month, tenure-track appointment in Early Modern European history at the rank of assistant professor, effective August 16, 2019. The geographic focus is open. Candidates who can add to departmental strengths in any of the following areas are especially encouraged to apply: the Atlantic world, empire, law and society, material culture, history of medicine, history of religion, and world history.

CfP: Western Slavic and Eurasian Association annual conference (San Diego, 24-27 April 2019)

The Call for Papers and registration are now open for the annual conference of the Western Slavic and Eurasian Association (WSEA) to be held from 24-27 April 2019, in San Diego, California, at the Manchester Grand Hyatt.  

WSEA holds its annual conference as part of the Western Social Science Association. To submit a proposal for a paper or panel, please register on the Western Social Science Association website: http://wssaweb.com/sections.   

QUERY: Midwives' Place in the Austrian Administration

I have been spending a fair amount of time looking at various Schematismus for Galicia and Lodomeria for before 1848, trying to make sense of how the Galician administration functioned. Within each Kreis there are a number of smaller admistrative offices many of which list a Kammeralwundarzt (medic) and a Hebamme (midwife). Most of the names seem not to be local, nor do they have names that one might associate with Jews.

CONF: Mehrsprachigkeit in der Donaumonarchie (1848–1918) (Munich, 2018 Oct. 10-12)

Von 10. bis 12. Oktober 2018 findet an der Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München die Interdisziplinäre Konferenz "Mehrsprachigkeit in der Donaumonarchie (1848–1918). Wissen – Herrschaft – Soziale Praxis" statt.

Die interdisziplinär und international angelegte Tagung nähert sich der Thematik mit Fragestellungen zu Sprachpolitik und Herrschaft, Mehrsprachigkeit und Alltagswelt, Mehrsprachigkeit in literarischen Texten, den Wechselwirkungen mit der Literatur- und Wissenschaftsgeschichte und deren langfristigen Auswirkungen.

REMINDER: Habsburg Syllabi Contest - DEADLINE: Oct. 15, 2018

Dear subscribers, 

we would like to remind you of our first HABSBURG Syllabi Contest (see entire call)!

We are inviting submissions to the following two categories:

  • Undergraduate class
  • Graduate class

The syllabus should deal largely with the history of the Habsburg monarchy or one or more of the former Habsburg lands. 

We accept submissions in any language!


Recent Reviews

Hugh LeCaine Agnew
Gary B. Cohen

Cohen on Agnew, 'Origins of the Czech National Renascence'

Hugh LeCaine Agnew. Origins of the Czech National Renascence. Pennsylvania and London: University of Pittsburgh Press, 1993. ix + 338 pp. $49.95 (cloth), ISBN 978-0-8229-3742-5.

Reviewed by Gary B. Cohen (University of Oklahoma) Published on HABSBURG (July, 1995)

Larry Wolff
Thomas J. Hegarty

Hegarty on Wolff, 'Inventing Eastern Europe: The Map of Civilization on the Mind of the Enlightenment'

Larry Wolff. Inventing Eastern Europe: The Map of Civilization on the Mind of the Enlightenment. Stanford, Calif.: Stanford University Press, 1994. xiv + 419 pp. $45.00 (cloth), ISBN 978-0-8047-2314-5.

Reviewed by Thomas J. Hegarty (University of Tampa) Published on HABSBURG (July, 1995)

The Great Unwashed