Joseph II: Volume 1, In the Shadow of Maria Theresa, 1741-1780

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Cambridge University Press, 30.04.1987 - 520 Seiten
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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Joseph II

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This first of two volumes is an inten sive study of the 18th century's most celebrated enlightened despot. The book is researched to the point of ex haustion; Beales draws heavily on the private ... Vollständige Rezension lesen

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List of abbreviations
11
The Austrian succession
17
Upbringing and education
29
Marriages 17601767
69
Introduction to government 17601765
90
King of the Romans and Holy Roman Emperor 17641780
134
9b The Augarten 1782
172
Joseph at the keyboard 1770s
182
14a Bullfight at Verona 1769
300
The man
306
travel and reform 17691777
338
eastern provinces and France 17731777
359
II War and diplomacy
386
15a Joseph meets Frederick the Great 1769
423
Joseph and Josephism under Maria Theresa
439
Conclusion
480

the royal family
192
the Banat and Italy 17681769
242
I The eastern question
272

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