The House of Habsburg and the Story of Austria


Robert Ignatius Letellier, PhD – Institute of Continuing Education, Madingley Hall, Cambridge

Series: Fine Arts, Music and Literature; Political Science and History
BISAC: BUS071000; BUS041000; EDU029050

This book examines the crucial role of the Habsburg dynasty in European affairs over 700 years, from the election of Rudolph as emperor (1273)  through the great Empress Maria Theresa (1740-1780) to the long-lived Emperor Franz Joseph (1848-1916). The Danube Monarchy brought together nine different nations in an irenic  unity in diversity. The book  also examines in detail  the flowering of culture under the Habsburg  rule: the extraordinary artists from the  Carolingian Era to Expressionism; some of the greatest composers of all time who made Vienna the world capital of music; and some of the most remarkable analytical  authors of modern times. This cultural efflorescence reached a highpoint from the 18th  to the early 20th  centuries with figures like Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven and Schubert,  later Strauss, Mahler, Bruckner, Kokoschka, Schnitzler, Musil and Freud, a veritable chronicle of achievement.

Table of Contents

List of Figures

List of Readings


1. An Overview of Austrian History
1. The Formation of Austria
2. The Babenbergs
3. Rudolph of Habsburg
4. Albrecht I
5. Friedrich the Fair and Leopold
6. Rudolph IV
7. Friedrich III
8. Maximilian I
9. The Rise of the Habsburgs
10. Charles V
11. Ferdinand I & Maximilian II
12. The Ottoman Empire and the Holy Roman Empire
13. The Counter-Reformation
14. The Thirty Years’ War
15. Leopold I
16. The War of the Spanish Succession and the Seven Years’ War
17. Maria Theresa
18. Joseph II and the Habsburg Monarch in the 18th c.
19. Leopold II
20. Francis II / Francis I
21. The Congress of Vienna and the Balance of Power
22. The Development of International Relations 1815-1850
23. The 1830 Revolutions
24. The 1848 Revolutions
25. Franz Joseph
26. Austrian Domestic Developments
27. International Relations after 1871-1890
28. The Period 1900-1914

2. Art in Austria
1. The Carolingian Period (c. 800)
2. The Pre-Romanesque (1050)
3. The Early Romanesque (1050-1130)
4. Between the Romanesque and Early Gothic (1130-1300)
5. The Gothic (14c)
6. The Late Gothic (15c)
7. The Danube Style (early 16c)
8. The Baroque Period (1648-1750)
9. The Rococo (1750-1785)
10. Neo-Classicism (1785-1815)
11. The Biedermeier (1815-1848)
12. Romantic Idealism (The Fairy Tale School)
13. Impressionism
14. Jugend Stil
15. Expressionism

3. Music in Austria
1. Prelude and Early Music
2. The Minnesänger
3. The Nikolaibruderschft
4. The Court of Maximilian I
5. Johann Froberger
6. Music in the Baroque
7. Christoph Willibald Gluck
8. Pre-Classical Viennese Composers
9. Franz Joseph Haydn
10. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
11. Ludwig van Beethoven
12. Franz Peter Schubert
13. Viennese Dance Music and Operetta
14. Johannes Brahms
15. Anton Bruckner
16. Hugo Wolf
17. Gustav Mahler
18. Arnold Schönberg
19. Alban Berg

4. Literature in Austria
1. The Period Introduction (1800-1890)
2. Drama
3. Poetry
4. Prose
5. Later Developments (1900-1945)
6. Drama and Prose
7. The Novel

General Conclusion



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