The Habsburg Empire ruled much of Central Europe from the Reformation to the beginning of the 20th century. This course explores the empire from its beginning under Emperor Maximilian I, who built the empire with his marriage alliances and constant warring, to the empire’s collapse following the end of World War I. Students will examine the empire’s battles with the Ottoman Empire, its wars against Napoleon, the crisis of nationalism in a multinational state, and the breakup of the empire following the Great War. Attention will also be given to “Fin-de-siecle” Vienna, which saw an unprecedented cultural and intellectual flowering that produced the birth of modernism.
Offered for 3 Semester hours.