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Kaunitz and Enlightened Absolutism 1753–1780

Kaunitz and Enlightened Absolutism 1753–1780


  • Date Published: March 1994
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521466905

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  • This is the first major archivally based study of the political career of Wenzel Anton Kaunitz, State Chancellor of the Habsburg Monarchy from 1753 to 1792. Author of the diplomatic revolution of 1756 and brilliant foreign minister of the Austrian Empire, Kaunitz was also the most important statesman in the development of enlightened absolutism in central Europe. Virtually the third head of state under Maria Theresia and Joseph II, he was the driving force behind the many reforms which sought to modernise the monarchy. Using Kaunitz as a focus, the author explores the dynamic of the development of enlightened absolutism in the Habsburg Empire through its most influential proponent and spokesman. Enlightened absolutism in the Habsburg Monarchy produced some of the boldest innovations in eighteenth-century Europe, and this book analyses the full complexity of the decision-making process.

    • The first study in any language of Kaunitz to be based on archival research
    • Kaunitz emerges as a key figure in the development of enlightened Absolutism
    • Crucial for an understanding of the Habsburg monarchy under Maria Theresia and Joseph II
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    ' … one of the best descriptions ever written of enlightened absolutism in operation.' Derek Beales, History Today

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    Product details

    • Date Published: March 1994
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521466905
    • length: 400 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 152 x 23 mm
    • weight: 0.587kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction
    2. Chancellor of State
    3. The structure of government
    4. The financial crises of the monarchy
    5. The transformation of society
    6. Church and state
    7. The military albatross
    8. The problem of Hungary
    9. Conclusion

  • Author

    Franz A. J. Szabo, Carleton University, Ottawa

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