HABSBURG Discussion Network 2020

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A happy new year to all of you!

2019 has been and 2020 will be an exciting year for the HABSBURG editorial team. Starting with an editorial team meeting in Vienna in summer 2018, the site has been implementing new projects designed to increase the visibility of the field and to provide additional resources for scholars and teachers. We have also welcomed 3 new editors over that period. Robyn Radway (Central European University), Jonathan Singerton (University of Innsbruck), and Yasir Yilmaz (Palacky University) joined Marion Romberg (Austrian Academy of Sciences) and Tim Olin (Central College) over the past 18 months.

We have reestablished the syllabus collection, an old tradition of the HABSBURG network. This tradition has been modernized with the addition of an interactive map with allows users to pinpoint regions or time periods that most interest them. We are still looking to grow this database and welcome new submissions that cover all of Central Europe from the medieval period forward.

In addition, network editor Robyn Radway has begun curating a Booklist that collects the newest titles in Habsburg studies released over the course of the year. The purpose of this list is to help scholars and institutions keep abreast of recent publications in the field. Members can submit additions to the list directly the editorial team. 

Book review editors Jonathan Singerton and Yasir Yilmaz will be happy to consider book review requests. Members who are interested in reviewing a new title in Habsburg studies may forward their request to the editors. Forthcoming reviews will include a range of works from Zoltán Biedermann’s (Dis)connected Empires: Imperial Portugal, Sir Lankan Diplomacy, and the Making of a Habsburg Conquest in Asia to Paul Miller and Claire Morelon’s Embers of Empire: Continuity and Rupture in the Habsburg Successor States after 1918.


Alongside building these resources for teachers and scholars, the network is piloting a new method of outreach and engagement. As a trial for the next six months, updates will be posted to our new Twitter account (@HabsburgNetwork). We are interested in exploring this new route to provide updates to our subscribers.

Longtime users of the HABSBURG site will notice a visual change. Thanks to the work of Marion Romberg and designers at H-Net, we have a new banner. The banner is underlined by a yellow net symbolizing our more than 1,800 subscribers worldwide and HABSBURG role in offering a common discussion place. The overlying gold band symbolizes the river Danube connecting the Habsburg lands and the timespan which HABSBURG covers. Along this band papercuttings are placed which refer to the broad geographical, methodological and historical perspectives of the HABSBURG network, they include:

  • Maximilian I (1459–1519) as the last knight (“der letzte Ritter”) marks the beginning of HABSBURG’s time focus: 1500-today.
  • Mostar Bridge in Bosnia, a rebuilt 16th-century Ottoman bridge, illustrates the Ottoman and Balkan ties of Habsburg history.
  • The Imperial, Bohemian and Hungarian crowns refers to the political and temporal power of Habsburg rulers.
  • Margaret Theresa of Spain (1651–1673), the Spanish Infanta and wife of Leopold I, stands for gender approaches as well as the Spanish-Habsburg connection.
  • The Budapest parliament, built in the 19th century, refers to rising nationalism in the territories under Habsburg rule and beginning of the territorial sovereignty of the Habsburg successor states.
  • Music integrates the cultural dimensions of HABSBURG conjuring up icons such as Mozart, Schubert, Strauss, Bartok, Mahler, and Smetana for instance.

Finally, we would like to thank those readers who have engaged with the site since its foundation in 1991. We look forward to continuing to be a space where scholars and teachers can keep abreast of developments and opportunities in the field.

With best wishes for 2020,

Marion, Robyn, Jonathan, Tim and Yasir

HABSBURG editorial team