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The Decline and Fall of the Habsburg Empire, 1815-1918 - Alan Sked

The Decline and Fall of the Habsburg Empire, 1815-1918

By: Alan Sked

Paperback Published: 19th July 2001
ISBN: 9780582356665
Number Of Pages: 364

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'This is a book to be savoured and relished; excellently organised and rich in anecdote, irony, paradox and intelligence, it is a must for anyone interested in the Habsburg empire or anyone looking for an example of historical writing in its most lively, informative and attractive form.' HISTORY Dealing with one of the key episodes in nineteenth-century history, Alan Sked completely revises the traditional view of that crucial outcome of the period's upheavals: the survival of the Habsburg Empire. Acclaimed by one Oxford professor as "worthy of A.J.P.Taylor at his best", the first edition of this book became a bestseller which was translated into German, Italian, Czech and Japanese. The key to the book's success has been the author's determination to analyse the course of Habsburg history and to take issue not merely with its leading historians, but with the very concept of "decline and fall" itself.In this second edition, the author reflects on the arguments originally raised and bolsters his original interpretation. The result is vintage Sked: clear and controversial, a vigorously written classic which is essential reading for anyone interested in the history of nineteenth-century Europe. ALAN SKED is Senior Lecturer in International History at the London School of Economics.

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'This is a book to be savoured and relished...rich in anecdote, irony, paradox, and intelligence, it is a must for anyone...looking for an example of historical writing in its most lively, informative and attractive form.' History

List of Mapsp. vii
Acknowledgementp. viii
Preface to the Second Editionp. ix
Introductionp. 1
Metternich and his System, 1815-48p. 8
Metternich and his criticsp. 8
Metternich and his defendersp. 11
Metternich and domestic policyp. 25
Metternich: a verdictp. 37
1848: the Causesp. 42
The secret societiesp. 43
A police state?p. 45
The liberal oppositionp. 54
A revolt of the nobility?p. 58
Economic growth in Metternich's Austriap. 68
The economic and social background to 1848p. 75
The fall of Metternich and the outbreak of revolutionp. 82
The Failure of the Revolutions of 1848p. 91
The pattern of revolutionp. 92
The Revolution in Hungaryp. 96
The Revolution in Lombardy-Venetiap. 111
Disobedience and the Camarillap. 121
From the Counter-Revolution to the Compromisep. 140
Schwarzenbergp. 140
Schwarzenberg and domestic policyp. 144
Schwarzenberg's German policyp. 153
The economic consequences of 1848p. 160
Buol and Habsburg foreign policyp. 170
Rechberg, Mensdorff and the road to Sadowap. 178
The Dual Monarchyp. 191
The Compromise of 1867p. 191
The economics of Dualismp. 202
A backward Hungary?p. 206
The nationality problem in Hungaryp. 212
The nationality problem in Cisleithaniap. 223
The Road to Disasterp. 244
Domestic aspects of Habsburg foreign policyp. 244
The occupation of Bosnia-Herzegovinap. 247
Austria-Hungary as a factor for peace or war in Europep. 251
Austria-Hungary and the First World Warp. 263
Conclusionsp. 269
Reflections on the Decline and Fall of the Habsburg Empirep. 278
Metternich's Austria as a Josephinist statep. 280
The Catholic Church in Austria during the Metternich erap. 282
Francis I and the rule of lawp. 288
The Habsburg welfare statep. 294
The European empiresp. 299
Political repression in the European empiresp. 304
Economic growth and social welfarep. 310
Intellectual vitalityp. 321
Conclusionp. 323
Chronology of Eventsp. 330
Habsburg Foreign Ministers, 1809-1918p. 334
Population and Nationalities in the Empire, 1843-1910p. 334
Mapsp. 337
Indexp. 343
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ISBN: 9780582356665
ISBN-10: 0582356660
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 364
Published: 19th July 2001
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.88  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.51
Edition Number: 2
Edition Type: New edition

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