Habsburg Monarchy 1809-1918

ISBN-10: 0226791459
ISBN-13: 9780226791456
Edition: Reprint 
Authors: A. J. P. Taylor
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List price: $31.00
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 5/15/1976
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 280
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.638
Language: English

First 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.

British historian A.J.P. Taylor studied at Oxford University and in 1938 became a fellow of Magdalen College. Interested chiefly in diplomatic and central European history, he is a prolific and masterful writer. Fritz Stern wrote of him and his The Struggle for Mastery in Europe, 1848--1918 (1954) in the Political Science Quarterly: "There is something Shavian about A. J. P. Taylor and his place among academic historians; he is brilliant, erudite, witty, dogmatic, heretical, irritating, insufferable, and withal inescapable. He sometimes insults and always instructs his fellow-historians, and never more so than in his present effort to reinterpret the diplomatic history of Europe from 1848 to the end of the First World War. . . . After a brilliant introduction, in which he defines the balance of power and assesses the relative and changing strength of the Great Powers, Mr. Taylor presents a chronological survey, beginning with the diplomacy of war, 1914--1918. . . . [He] writes on two levels. He narrates the history of European diplomacy and compresses it admirably into a single volume. Imposed upon the narrative is his effort to probe the historical meaning of given actions and conditions. . . . He has a peculiar sense of inevitability, growing out of what he regards the logic of a given development, as well as a delicate feeling for live options and alternatives. Mr. Taylor suggests that fear, not aggression, was the dominant impulse of pre-war diplomacy." The Origins of the Second World War (1961), again controversial and lively, starts from the premise (in Taylor's words) that "the war of 1939, far from being premeditated, was a mistake, the result on both sides of diplomatic blunders." The New Statesman said of it: "Taylor is the only English historian now writing who can bend the bow of Gibbon and Macaulay. [This is] a masterpiece: lucid, compassionate, beautifully written in a bare, sparse style, and at the same time deeply disturbing." Several of Taylor's other works also received high praise. Among these were Bismarck, the Man and the Statesman (1955), in which he exonerated Bismarck; Hapsburg Monarchy, 1809--1914, a survey of the era; and English History, 1919--1945, a volume in the Oxford History of England Series, greeted by the N.Y. Review of Books as "an astonishing tour de force."

The Dynasty
The Peoples
Old Absolutism: the Austria of Metternich, 1809-35
Pre-March
Radical Outbreak: the Revolutions of 1848
Liberal Episode: the Constituent Assembly, July, 1848-March, 1849
New Absolutism: the System of Schwarzenberg and Bach, 1849-59
The Struggle between Federalism and Centralism: October Diploma and February Patent, 1860-61
Constitutional Absolutism: the System of Schmerling, 1861-65
The End of Old Austria, 1865-66
The Making of Dualism, 1866-67
Liberal Failure: German Ascendancy in Austria, 1867-79
Habsburg Recovery: the Era of Taaffe, 1879-93
The Years of Confusion: from Taaffe to Badeni, 1893-97
Hungary after 1867: Koloman Tisza and the Magyar Gentry
Democratic Pretence: the Indian Summer of the Habsburg Monarchy, 1897-1908
Solution by Violence, 1908-14
Violence Rewarded: the End of the Habsburgs, 1914-18
Epilogue: The Peoples without the Dynasty
Appendix: The Political and Ethnographical Structure of the
Bibliography
Index

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