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HAVERFORD COLLEGE SPRING 1995 HISTORY 224B AND 355B
This course will concentrate on the history of the Habsburg dynastic empire in central and eastern Europe from the late middle ages to the end of the empire at the conclusion of World War I. The instructor's prejudices will dictate a heavy emphasis on the early modern period (late 16th to mid-18th centuries), but the whole of the empire's history will be dealt with. This course is made possible because of the publication of several books in the past decade, and particularly the works of Branger and Ingrao in the past year. Beyond the problems specific to the Austrian monarchy lies another, more general issue: the question of "empire" as a form of polity. This course will invite comparison with a range of imperial states in all parts of the planet, the problems common to all, the variety of their responses to centrifugal social forces, and the conditions contributing to their durability or lack of it. (Some other empires: Mughal, Ottoman, Roman, Spanish, British, several French, USA, USSR, Swedish, Third Reich, Manchu and other Chinese empires, Japanese, Dutch, etc. etc.) The course operates both as an intermediate course and as a topics course. Students taking this as 224b will be expected to follow the reading as outlined on the syllabus, take a one-hour mid-term examination, a three-hour final examination, and produce a term paper (12-15 pages). Students who are doing this course as a topics course (355b) will have a reading knowledge of German or Italian, and will be working on a major research paper (30+ pages) based in part at least on primary materials. The 355b students should digest all the text assignments except Frederic Morton's Thunder at Twilight well before spring break so they can give full concentration to the research paper. Geography is crucial in this course. Outline maps will be distributed, and students are encouraged, nay enjoined, to use them as work sheets, and to keep abreast of the political and economic geography of Central Eastern Europe. For the artistically inclined, the iconographically correct color for the Habsburgs is a buffy-ochre yellow (Kaisergelb). The Ottoman Empire is usually green (the color of the Prophet's banner). Ecclesiastical states are generally left blank white. Reading assignments: Week of January 16: Dynastic origins, patterns of settlement Jean Béranger, A History of the Habsburg Empire 1273-1700 Introduction and Chapters 1-3. Charles Ingrao, The Habsburg Monarchy 1618-1815 Chapter 1 Mapwork as assigned in class. Week of January 23: Medieval Austria and the Turkish onslaught Jean Bé ranger, Chapters 4-10. Week of January 30: Charles V, Ferdinand I, Reformation and Counter- Reformation Jean Béranger, Chapters 11-17. Week of February 6: The Thirty Years War and the origins of confessional Absolutism Jean Béranger, Chapters 18-21. Charles Ingrao, Chapter 2. Week of February 13 and 20: Austria's "Heroic Age" Leopold I and Joseph I Jean Béranger, Chapters 22-24. Charles Ingrao, Chapters 3 and 4. Week of February 27: Imperial Baroque Jean Branger, Chapter 25 John Spielman, The City and the Crown, Vienna and the Imperial Court MID TERM EXAMINATION ONE HOUR FRIDAY, MARCH 3 AT 11:30 Week of March 13: The clash with Prussia and Diplomatic Revolution Charles Ingrao, Chapter 5 Karl A. Roider, ed. Maria Theresa pp. 14-57, 63-65, 115-118 (on reserve in Magill library) Week of March 20: Enlightened reform, the co-regency Charles Ingrao, Chapter 6 Karl A. Roider, pp. 57-62, 75-114 Week of March 27: The Revolution and Napoleon Charles Ingrao, Chapter 7 Week of April 3: Austria and Metternich's Europe, 1848 Barbara Jelavich, Modern Austria, pp. 3-51 Week of April 10: Nationalism and the Dual Monarchy 1851-1914 Barbara Jelavich, pp. 51-143 Weeks of April 17 and 24: Austria and the First War Frederick Morton, Thunder at Twilight,entire. Some important reference works on reserve for this course: Magocsi, Paul R. Historical Atlas of East Central Europe, University of Washington Press, 1993. This atlas is in the map room off the reference section of the library. It does not circulate, so use it on the tables nearby. Wandruszka, Adam. The House of Habsburg: Six Hundred Years of a European Dynasty, New York, 1964. Robert Kann. The Habsburg Empire: A Study in Integration and Disintegration. New York, 1957 C. A. Macartney. The Habsburg Empire, 1790-1918. London, 1968/1971 Karl A. Roider. Maria Theresa, Prentice-Hall, 1973. John Spielman. The City and the Crown, Purdue University Press, 1993. Two copies of this will be available the week when chapters are assigned. And others to be announced when added.
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