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R.J.W. Evans

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780199541621

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199541621.001.0001

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The Origins of Enlightenment in the Habsburg Lands

The Origins of Enlightenment in the Habsburg Lands

(p.36) 3 The Origins of Enlightenment in the Habsburg Lands
Austria, Hungary, and the Habsburgs

R. J. W. Evans

Oxford University Press

This chapter presents an essay on the historical origins of Enlightenment in the territory of the Habsburg Monarchy. There were two different kinds of Enlightenment movement in the Habsburg territory in Central Europe. One was the officially sponsored reform programme launched under Maria Theresa and her son Joseph II and the other was the campaigns for cultural renewal among the nations of the region. This chapter explores the common genesis of these two movements.

Keywords:   Enlightenment, Habsburg Monarchy, Central Europe, Maria Theresa, Joseph II, cultural renewal

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