Recent Trends in Habsburg Historiography

Course Description: 

This course offers a guest-lecture-based introduction to recent trends in the historiography of Habsburg-ruled empires and their successor states, with a focus on the lands that formed the Central European core of their territories. It aims to introduce students to the major themes, debates, and platforms that current Habsburg historians engage with. It will showcase recent historiographical developments in the subfields of Habsburg political, cultural, intellectual, scientific, and gender history. The course is divided into two parts: the first five weeks will serve as a foundation, including introductions to the splintered academic traditions that cover lands under Habsburg rule. Assigned readings during these first four weeks will be approximately 50 pages per class. The second half will involve a series of guest lectures for which students will be asked to read one related article or book chapter. All lectures and required secondary literature will be in English.

Learning Outcomes: 

Learning objectives:

* Identify key figures, debates, and venues for the study of Habsburg history

* Demonstrate awareness of current trends, methods, and limitations of recent Habsburg-related historiography

* Develop a coherent analytical viewpoint on the different natures of Habsburg rule and the definition of empire and monarchy in a Habsburg context

* Outline the multiple geographies of Habsburg Empires over time



Students will be graded based on class participation (50%) and five reading-responses (50%). Participation is graded on a 0-5 scale daily, with 0 being absent and 5 being an active participant in classroom discussions and an engaged listener during the lectures. As per CEU policy, students may miss up to two classes without being required to do make-up work, therefore the participation grade is based on only 50 points out of total possible of 60 points. Any further absences beyond the first two require the submission of additional reading-response papers. The reading responses are short summaries of the readings for the week and your own reactions to them. Making connections across readings for this and other courses are encouraged. Each response should be roughly 1000 words and must be submitted by 10PM on the night before the class during which the readings are discussed.