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The Sinews of Habsburg Power: Lower Austria in a Fiscal-Military State 1650-1820

William D. Godsey


This book explores the domestic foundations of the immense growth of central European Habsburg power from the rise of a permanent standing army after the Thirty Years War to the end of the Napoleonic wars. With a force that grew in size from around 25,000 soldiers to half a million in the War of the Sixth Coalition, the Habsburg monarchy participated in shifting international constellations of rivalry and in some two dozen armed conflicts. Raising forces of such magnitude constituted a central task of Habsburg government, one that required the cooperation of society and its elites. The monarch ... More

Keywords: Habsburg monarchy, Austrian empire, Lower Austria, composite monarchy, fiscal-military state, standing army, Estates, government, society, reform

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780198809395
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198809395.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

William D. Godsey, author
Senior Research Associate, Austrian Academy of Sciences