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Joseph II

Volume 1. In the Shadow of Maria Theresa, 1741–1780


  • Author: Derek Beales, University of Cambridge and Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge
  • Date Published: May 2008
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521525886

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  • The emperor Joseph II (1741–90) tried to carry through something like a 'revolution from above' in the vast, varied, and mainly backward provinces of the Austrian Monarchy. This volume carries the story down to 1780. It describes the claustrophobic atmosphere, in which Joseph was trained to rule, his tragic marriages, and his attempts after 1765 as co-regent with his formidable mother, empress Maria Theresa, to dictate the domestic and foreign policy of the monarchy. The author shows that previous historians have been deceived by false sources and that the picture they have given of the emperor, his strange character, his tempestuous relationship with his mother, and his political aims, needs drastic revision.

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    Product details

    • Date Published: May 2008
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521525886
    • length: 568 pages
    • dimensions: 233 x 155 x 29 mm
    • weight: 0.806kg
    • contains: 38 b/w illus. 1 colour illus. 4 maps
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of plates
    List of maps and figures
    List of abbreviations
    1. The Austrian succession
    2. Upbringing and education
    3. Marriages, 1760–1767
    4. Introduction to government, 1760–1765
    5. King of the Romans and Holy Roman Emperor, 1764–1780
    6. Mother, son and minister: the early years of the co-regency, 1765–1768
    7. The later years of the co-regency, 1768–1780: the royal family and the central administration
    8. Early travels: the Banat and Italy, 1768–1769
    9. Foreign policy during the co-regency: I. The eastern question, 1765–1776
    10. The man
    11. Bohemia: travel and reform, 1769–1777
    12. Further travels: eastern provinces and France, 1773–1777
    13. Foreign policy during the co-regency: II. War and diplomacy, 1776–1780
    14. Joseph and Josephism under Maria Theresa
    Bibliographical index
    General index.

  • Author

    Derek Beales, University of Cambridge and Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge

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