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José Rabasa, Masayuki Sato, Edoardo Tortarolo, and Daniel Woolf

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199219179

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199219179.001.0001

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Austria, the Habsburgs, and Historical Writing in Central Europe

Austria, the Habsburgs, and Historical Writing in Central Europe

(p.302) Chapter 15 Austria, the Habsburgs, and Historical Writing in Central Europe
The Oxford History of Historical Writing

Howard Louthan

Oxford University Press

This chapter focuses on historical writing in the lands of the Austrian Habsburgs from 1400–1800. Before the advent of print, Austrian historical writing was local in nature, comprised primarily of the standard late medieval genre of annals and chronicles. In the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries history-writing in Central Europe reflected the broader political and social developments of the period. The Turkish conflict in Hungary, the struggle between the Habsburgs and the local nobility in Bohemia, and the crisis of oligarchy and the estate system in Poland were among the major themes of the day. In the eighteenth century historical writing reflected a more coherent and cohesive picture of the Habsburg dynasty and its territory, best seen in the work of Marquard Herrgott, the last of a great line of Benedictine historians active in the Austrian baroque.

Keywords:   Austrian Habsburgs, Austrian historical writing, historiography, Austria, Marquard Herrgott

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