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Hungary and the Habsburgs, 1765-1800
An Experiment in Enlightened Absolutism

Éva H. Balázs, Eötvös Lóránd University, Budapest
Translated by Tim Wilkinson

"All those who have realised the importance of Hungary but lacked the wherewithal to teach it will welcome this superb distillation of a lifetime's study in a lucid English translation. It combines the fruits of research in Europe's archives with an extensive secondary literature, and the comprehensive references reveal that the book has been updated since its appearance in Hungarian... This is far more than a book on Hungary's relations with the Habsburgs: it is nothing less than the integration of Hungary into the history of the Habsburg Monarchy (and indeed Europe) in the last third of the eighteenth century." - British Journal of Eighteenth Century Studies

"... the strength of this valuable study clearly is the social-historical analysis of Josephism in a wide political context." - Central European History

"... not simply an English translation of the original. Although no conteptual changes have been introduced, the text has been improved and extended, notes, a detailed bibliography, a separate index, etc. have also been added. Tim Wilkinson superbly did the translation, and the Central European University Press now publishes this new, nice version."
- Sudost-Forschungen

 

One of the most distinguished historians of Central Europe examines a crucial period in the coexistence of the Austrian hereditary provinces and Hungary. In a Europe torn by wars and revolutions during the last third of the eighteenth century, political, economic, and personal factors intertwined to determine the fortunes of the Austrian rulers and the subjects of the Hungarian crown who collaborated with them.

Contemporary as well as modern scholars have taken extreme positions on this period. Contributing to the often heated debates, Professor Balázs shows that it was a vigorous and constructive era in the monarchy. Rejecting the commonplaces of the center-periphery approach, she demonstrates that the Habsburg monarchy was a center whose reforms during this period inspired all subsequent reform movements in Central and Eastern Europe.

Professor Éva H. Balázs coordinates Ph.D. training in eighteenth-century studies at Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest, and is the recipient of the French Légion d'honneur and many other significant awards.

1997
304 pages
ISBN 978-963-9116-03-0 cloth $55.00 / €50.00 / £45.00

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