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Undergraduate Course: Politics and Culture in the Habsburg Monarchy 1848-1918 (HIST10405)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of History, Classics and Archaeology CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course will introduce students to the history of major cultural and political developments in the late Habsburg monarchy.
Course description This course will introduce students to the history of the late Habsburg monarchy, a major European power that shaped Central European history. Covering political, cultural and social developments since the mid-nineteenth century, it will look at processes of modernisation like urbanization, nationalism and the emergence of mass-culture. Rather than understanding the history of the dual monarchy as a story of decline and failure, participants will study agendas and reactions of the state to various challenges as well as important developments within its multi-ethnic society. The course will provide a broad introduction to the history of imperial rule and nationalism in 19th Century Central Europe.

1 Introduction: The Habsburg Monarchy in (Early) Modern Europe
2 Revolution and reaction: The Habsburg Monarchy in 1848
3 Compromise and constitution: The creation of a dual Monarchy
4 Pillars of Power? The dynasty, the Catholic church, and the k. u. k. military
5 Nationalism and multi-ethnicity. Ideology and practice
6 Acculturation and Anti-Semitism: Habsburg Jewry in the Age of Nationalism
7 Urban experiences: Vienna, Budapest, and Prague.
8 Parliament and Opera: Political culture and entertainment
9 Balkan affairs: Bosnia 1878-1914
10 Crisis and Collapse: The Habsburg monarchy in the First World War
11 Myth and Legacy: The Dual monarchy in the 20th Century
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Students MUST NOT also be taking The Lands Between: Eastern Europe from the Partitions of Poland to the Fall of Communism (HIST10402)
Other requirements A pass or passes in 40 credits of first level historical courses or equivalent and a pass or passes in 40 credits of second level historical courses or equivalent.
Before enrolling students on this course, Personal Tutors are asked to contact the History Honours Admissions Administrator to ensure that a place is available (Tel: 503780).
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisites Visiting Students should usually have at least 3 History courses at grade B or above (or be predicted to obtain this) for entry to this course. We will only consider University/College level courses.
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
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Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. understand the history of the late Habsburg Empire and the impact of political and social breaks and changes in a European context;
  2. apply recent approaches in cultural and social study of nationalism;
  3. challenge national historical narratives with a European perspective;
  4. use theoretical knowledge on imperial rule in modern Europe;
  5. arrive at independent, well-argued, well-documented and properly referenced conclusions in his/her coursework essays;
Reading List
1. John Deak: Forging a Multinational State: State Making in Imperial Austria from the Enlightenment to the First World War (Stanford University Press, 2015)
2. Jeremy King: Budweisers into Czechs and Germans: A Local History of Bohemian Politics, 1848-1948, Princeton 2005.
3. Robert Nemes: The Once and Future Budapest, DeKaelb 2005.
4. Nathaniel Wood: Becoming Metropolitan: Urban Selfhood and the Making of Modern Cracow, DeKaelb 2010.
5. Maureen Healy: Vienna and the Fall of the Habsburg Empire. Total War and Everyday Life in World War I, Cambridge 2007.
6. Pieter M. Judson: Exclusive Revolutionaries: Liberal Politics, Social Experience, and National
7. Identity in the Austrian Empire, 1848-1914, Ann Arbor 1996.
8. Robin Okey: The Habsburg Monarchy, C. 1765-1918: From Enlightenment to Eclipse, London
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
KeywordsPolitics and Culture
Course organiserDr Tim Buchen
Tel: (0131 6)50 9110
Course secretaryMiss Stephanie Blakey
Tel: (0131 6)50 3580
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