2nd degree (Master)
Prof. Joseph Patrouch
Coordinator Office Hours:
This course sketches some themes associated with the histories of the Habsburg Dynasty and its members’ political holdings from approximately the eleventh through the early twentieth centuries, with an emphasis on the Central European branch of the family.
Learning outcomes - On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
On successful completion of this module, students should be able to: identify some of the factors which helped the Habsburg Dynasty to control so much territory for so long; identify some leading members of the dynasty and their accomplishments; tie themes from lectures to themes in assigned readings.
Teaching arrangement and method of instruction:
lectures and group discussions
DECEMBER 16: Introductions. Where do noble families come from? The Holy Roman Empire and the Swiss Confederation in the Later Middle Ages: southwestern "Germany" in flux. Rudolf l and Feuds and Claims over Austria. Cobbling Together mountain valleys, bridges, and mines into a power base.
Read Wheatcroft Chapters I and Il
DECEMBER 17: Myths and Might. Emperor Maximilian I, the "Last Knight." The Burgundian Inheritance. The Knights of the Golden Fleece. The Spanish Inheritance: New Spain and the Americas.
Read Wheatcroft Chapters Ill, IV and V
DECEMBER 18: Bohemia and Hungary. Habsburgs and Ottomans. Reformation and Counter-Reformation. Revolt of the Netherlands and the 30 Years War.
DECEMBER 21: Habsburg Seas. Habsburgs in the Mediterranean, Africa, and Asia. The Loss of Spain and America. The Capture of Hungary: a dynasty turns eastward. Maria Theresia and empresses and queens. Enlightened Despots?
Read Wheatcroft pp. 184-238.
DECEMBER 23: Revolutionary Challenges lead to the Congress of Vienna. Biedermeier Respectability. 1848. Liberalism and Nationalism. 5:
Read Wheatcroft pp. 238-285.
DECEMBER 28 (double session!): fin de siecle, World War I, The Peace Settlements of 1919-20, and their Consequences.
Read Wheatcroft chapter VIII, contents of the Treaties of St. Germain and Trianon.
Andrew Wheatcroft, The Habsburgs: Embodying Empire (1996)
Potential additional readings:
Augier Ghislain de Busbecq, The Turkish Letters [DR 428 B8]
Joseph Roth, The Emperor’s Tomb
Additional Reading Material:
End of year written/oral examination 65 %
Presentation 0 %
Participation in Tutorials 0 %
Project work 0 %
Assignments 25 %
Reports 0 %
Research project 0 %
Quizzes 0 %
Other 10 %
- End of course written examination/Oral Examination: 7-10 page paper on a topic to be determined in consultation with the instructor - 65%
- Assignments: reading in assigned texts - 25%
- attendance and participation may also be taken into account in the determination of the course grade - 10%