The Habsburg Monarchy 1809-1918

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The Habsburg Monarchy 1809-1918

The Habsburg Monarchy s t A History of the Austrian Empire Austria HungaryFirst published in The Habsburg Monarchy has become indispensable to students of nineteenth century European history Not only a chronological

  • Title: The Habsburg Monarchy 1809-1918
  • Author: A.J.P. Taylor
  • ISBN: 9780226791456
  • Page: 429
  • Format: Paperback
  • s t A History of the Austrian Empire Austria HungaryFirst published in 1941, The Habsburg Monarchy has become indispensable to students of nineteenth century European history Not only a chronological report of actions and changes, Taylor s work is a provocative exploration into the historical process of the most eventful hundred years of the Habsburg monarchy.

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    1. William1 on said:

      This severe, judgemental little book is solely about the politics -- internal and external -- of the Austrian Empire and Austria-Hungary in the years stated. There is nothing in it about wars fought, just passing references to their having occurred. There's virtually nothing in it about cultural life. The biographies of those involved are kept slender. The focus is exclusively on the Emperors' courts at Vienna and the many permutations that the monarchy went through -- who its ministers were and [...]

    2. Dimitri on said:

      Dry, dense and purely political. A focus on the events of 1848 that do justice to its reputation as a 'missed turning point in Germanic history', alltough an Austrian empire beyond repair doesn't sound like the most pallable alternative for Prussian hegemony. Certainly nobody brought it up again after Sadowa. Surprisingly, Habsburg paranoia contributed to the creation of the 'Yugoslav' idea under Serbian hegemony among Croat and Serb intellectuals who were originally not on speaking terms. This [...]

    3. Peter Harrison on said:

      I struggled with this book more than I expected to, having been written by one of the 20th centuries most eminent British historians. Taylor assumes a degree of familiarity with the basic flow of Habsburg history and focuses strongly on the "kings and things" story of nationalities, foreign policy, and the Imperial court. Whilst readable, his narrative and analysis of much of the nineteenth century feels rather dated. Perhaps it is simply that all historians write from the perspective of their o [...]

    4. Dave Clark on said:

      The Habsburg Monarchy, 1809-1918: A History of the Austrian Empire and Austria-Hungary, is a detailed monograph that places the politics and foreign affairs of the Habsburg Empire from 1809 to 1918 under a microscope. The book is exclusively dedicated to the political history of the Habsburg Empire between 1809 and 1918, although the author very briefly describes earlier crucial historical events and the multinational character of the Empire in order to provide context for the reader. The late A [...]

    5. Lynn on said:

      The topic is of interest; the context was dated and the writing difficult.

    6. Данило Судин on said:

      Попри те, що перше видання книжки побачило світ ще 1941 р вона може бути цікавою і для сучасного читача. Перш за все, в ній викладено "з висоти пташиного польоту" історію Австрійської імперії (з 1867 - Австро-Угорщини). Як не дивно, але така конспективна розповідь дозволяє побачит [...]

    7. Richard Thomas on said:

      A good book to which I have returned several times since I first read it in 1966 for history A level. He writes well on the empire and its rulers with many Tayloresque asides - for example, his introduction to the second chapter is masterly but wry. Since it first appeared, the dual monarchy has found more supporters than existed for much of the time after its collapse in 1918. The fall of the communist successor states with the horrors of the civil wars in the Balkans, the transition to democra [...]

    8. David Nichols on said:

      It's difficult to wade through the sea of names and institutional reforms that Taylor considers the building blocks of good history, but the author's occasional acerbic asides nearly make the task worthwhile. If nothing else, this book provides one important reason why the Austro-Hungarian Empire collapsed: the expense of bribing every nationality's elite with bureaucratic appointments (250,000 Magyar gentry had state jobs, for example) left little money for a modern army when the final war came [...]

    9. John E on said:

      Excellent history (as are all of AJP Taylor's works. This books makes you work, but at the end you really understand the Habsburgs, the interplay of nationality and class, and this thing called "Austria-Hungary." Taylor's cutting insights and take-no-prisoner style is refreshing and sometimes downright hilarious. I especially loved his last line in the bibliographic essay where he states, "This list does not exhaust the books I have consulted, some with profit, most without."

    10. Cristina Istrati on said:

      A+++ for this book! It`s a great resource for all those who want to know more about the Habsburg Monarchy. It`s well written, very precise and very detailed! One can very easy understand the history of this monarchy because the book has a wealth of historical, social, politic and demographic details. It helped me very much with the research I`m doing for a forthcoming novel. Thanks!!

    11. Chris on said:

      I've been struck by the similarity of style with Eric Hobsbawn to the point where I wonder if there's a house style for British Marxist historians. This book is peppered with judgmental pronouncements, but every page has at least a sentence that concisely captures a dense idea.

    12. Cedoleban on said:

      AJP Taylor was a clever thinker, but a poor historian. This is history told with few characters, frequent generalizations and with more than a little editorializing.

    13. Bob on said:

      Probably deserves a higher rating because the scholarship and insight but the writing is a bit dense for my taste.

    14. Bill on said:

      I read this to obtain some historical background for a trip to Hungary and Austria. It was useful for that purpose.

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