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HISTORY 254 SPRING 1995
Instructor: Professor Ronald E. Coons Office: Wood Hall 227 Hours: Mon., 1:00-2:00 p.m., Tues. and Thurs., 9:00-10:00 a.m., and by appointment Phone: 486-4160; 486-3722 (messages) This course will analyze those forces which brought the collapse of the multinational, dynastic state of the Habsburgs at the beginning of the twentieth century and those which held it together through the end of the nineteenth, with special attention to the Monarchy's influence upon, and response to, modern European history. Students should pur- chase the following titles, available at the UConn Co-op: Victor Mamatey, The Rise of the Habsburg Empire; Alan Sked, A History of the Habsburg Empire; T.C.W. Blanning, Joseph II; Carl E. Schorske, Fin-de-Siecle Vienna; Joseph Roth, Radetzky March; Samuel R. Williamson, Jr., Austria-Hungary and the Coming of the First World War. (Additional reading assignments for students enrolled in the "Linkage Through Language" Program either will find their reading assignments on reserve in the Homer Babbidge Library or will receive xerox materi- als from the instructor.) ASSIGNMENTS: History 254 is a "W" course. To meet the "W" requirement, two course assignments are designed to help students develop their skills in historical writing. 1. Due Friday, March 10: Each student will write a five-page paper on some important fig- ure in the history of the Habsburg Monarchy from the period before 1815. A list of possible subjects will be provided early in the semester; students are urged to choose a subject and to begin prepar- ing a paper as soon as possible. Late papers will be penalized, and students are required to clear the topic of their papers with the instructor before submitting them. (Students taking History 254 in the context of the "Linkage Through Language" Program are also expected to write a paper of approximately five pages on a topic to be determined in consultation with the instructor. They should, however, do as much reading as possible IN GERMAN.) 2. HOUR EXAMINATION: At some point in the semester there will be either an in-class or a take-home examination. The date of the exam will be announced at least one week in advance. 3. Due Friday, May 5: Each student is required to submit a term paper of approximately ten pages dealing with any topic in Habsburg history during the period 1790-1918. Possible topics include: 1) some aspect of the nationality conflict, 2) a problem or an episode in diplomatic or political his- tory, 3) some aspect of social, economic, intellectual, or artistic history, 4) a major personality, or 5) a member of the Habsburg dynasty. (Students taking History 254 in the context of the "Linkage Through Language" Program are expected to write a similar paper, with the exception that as much of their reading as possible should be con- ducted in GERMAN.) POLICY ON RE-WRITTEN PAPERS: Papers will be returned with a provisional grade that will become permanent unless students wish to submit a revised paper. If a student elects this option, the final grade for the assignment will be the average of the grades for the initial and the revised paper. Students are warned, however, that in rewriting their papers they are expected to do more than simply incorporate the instructor's suggested revi- sions. ATTENDANCE POLICY: Attendance will be taken at each lecture and is highly encouraged. LECTURE TOPICS AND READING ASSIGNMENTS: Topic 1: Introduction: Why Study the Habsburg Monarchy? Topic 2: Central European Geography Topic 3: The Peoples of Central Europe Topic 4: Annus Mirabilis I: 1526 Mamatey, The Rise of the Habsburg Empire; pp. 1-27 +R.J.W. Evans, "The Austrian Habsburgs," in A. G. Dickens, ed., The Courts of Europe, pp. 121-145 (GT/3510/C68/1977) Topic 5: The Institutions of 1526 Topic 6: From White Mountain to Westphalia Mamatey, pp. 28-57 Topic 7: Annus Mirabilis II: 1683 Mamatey, pp. 58-74 Topic 8: The Inheritance of Maria Theresa Mamatey, pp. 74-100 Topic 9: The Reforms of Maria Theresa Mamatey, pp. 101-127 Blanning, Joseph II, pp. 1-55 +E. Wangermann, "Maria Theresa: A Reforming Monarchy", in A. G. Dickens, ed., The Courts of Europe, pp. 283-303; Topic 10: Stupor Habsburgicus: Joseph II Mamatey, pp. 127-139 Blanning, pp. 56-208 Topic 11: "One Step Backward, and No Steps Forward" - The Brief Reign of Leopold II Mamatey, pp. 139-160 +Ernst Wangermann, The Austrian Achievement, pp. 157-186. (DB/69/.7/W35) Topic 12: Cultural Nationalism Topic 13: Biedermeier/Vormaerz - The Age of Reaction Sked, A History of the Habsburg Empire; pp. 1-40 Topic 14: The Road to Revolution Sked, pp. 41-88 Topic 15: "Das Sturmjahr" - 1848 Sked, pp. 89-136 +Jonathan Sperber, The European Revolutions, 1848-1851, pp. 203-218, 221-230. (D/387/S64/1993) Topic 16: Neoabsolutism Sked, pp. 137-186 Topic 17: Foreign Policy and Constitutional Experimentation Sked, pp. 187-207 Topic 18: The Liberal Era - Discussion Schorske, Fin-de-Siecle Vienna, pp. xvii-xxix, 3-115. entire. Topic 19: The Last Decades of Peace Sked, pp. 208-238 Joseph Roth, Radetzky March Topic 20: The Road to Sarajevo - Discussion Sked, pp. 239-258 Samuel R. Williamson, Jr., Austria-Hungary and the Coming of the First World War Topic 21: Finis Austriae Sked, pp. 258-272 ******FINAL EXAMINATION****** The following syllabus is a special section of the course that we are doing through: "LINKAGE THROUGH LANGUAGE" ASSIGNMENTS Week 1: Die Konturen des Habsburger Reiches: Namen der Laendereien Tuesday, January 31, 1995 F.W. Putzger, Historischer Weltatlas, S. 50-51, 71, 74-75. Week 2: Rudolf von Habsburg und Oesterreich Tuesday, February 7 Franz Grillparzer, Auszuege aus Koenig Ottokars Glueck und Ende +Jean Berenger, A History of the Habsburg Empire 1273-1700, pp. 37-52 (DB/36/.3/H3/B4713/1994) Week 3: Prinz Eugen von Savoyen Tuesday, February 14 H. Schreiber, Oesterreich aus erster Hand: Max Braubach, "Der Prinz Eugen"; Brief von Eugen von Savoyen und Graf Starhemberg; Briefe an Erzherzog Karl von Lothringen Week 4: Das barocke Oesterreich Tuesday, February 21 Diverse Ansichten Week 5: Kaiserin Maria Theresia Tuesday, February 28 Video-Auszuege ueber Maria Theresia aus Die Habsburger "Umkehrer der Allianzen" - Fuerst Kaunitz - aus "Die Zeit", 24. Juni 1994 Week 6: Kaiser Joseph II. und seine Mutter Tuesday, March 7 Maria Theresiens "Politisches Testament Johann Caspar Riesbeck: "Joseph II. und seine Reformen" aus H. Schreiber, ed., Oesterreich aus erster Hand Week 7: Der Fruehnationalismus Tuesday, March 14 Johann Gottfried von Herder, Vorwort zu Alte Volkslieder; ausgewaehlte Gedanken zur Nation Week 8: Die Kultur der Biedermeierzeit Tuesday, March 28 Franz Grillparzer, "Der arme Spielmann" Week 9: Das "System" Metternichs Tuesday, April 4 Eduard Bauernfeld, "Das System ohne Seele" Friedrich von Gentz-Fuerst Metternich, "Briefwechsel" Franz Grillparzer, "Zensurwesen in Wien", aus Schreiber, Oesterreich aus erster Hand Week 10: Das Sturmjahr 1848 Tuesday, April 11 "Die Revolution der Jahre 1848/49", Zeitbilder (Geschichte und Sozialkunde 7), S. 32-36 "Kriegsbulletin von Radetzky an den Kaiser", aus Otto Frass, Quellenbuch zur oesterreichischen Geschichte, S. 190-192 Franz Grillparzer, "Feldmarschall Radetzky" Radetzky Lieder; Tonaufnahme von Johann Strauss: Radetz- kymarsch Week 11: Die Zeit des Neoabsolutismus Tuesday, April 18 Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach, "Er laesst die Hand kuessen" (Novelle) Week 12: Scheinkonstitutionalismus Tuesday, April 25 Otto Frass, Quellenbuch zur oesterreichischen Geschichte, S. 214-215 (Silvesterpatent); 230-232 (Oktoberdiplom); 233-234 (Februarpatent) "Oesterreich auf dem Weg zum Verfassungstaat", Zeitbilder (Geschichte und Sozialkunde 7), S. 52-54 Week 13: Der alte Kaiser Tuesday, May 2 Video-Auszuege ueber Kaiser Franz Joseph aus "Die Habsbur- ger" Week 14: Der Untergang der Monarchie Tuesday, May 9 Anton Wildgans, Rede ueber Oesterreich "Oberst Redl", Film von Istvan Szabo .
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