The Habsburg Monarchy of Austria-Hungary 1867-1918 (HIH1609)

StaffIan Armour - Convenor
Credit Value15
ECTS Value7.5
NQF Level4
Duration of Module Term 2: 11 weeks;

Module aims

This module explores sources relating to a wide range of issues relevant to both the Habsburg Monarchy and larger historical problems:  the institutional ‘mix’ required to run a multinational empire; the nature of nationalism; the stresses of modernisation; and what might be called cultural cross-fertilisation.  Seminars will focus on these issues, and students will be encouraged to think laterally in terms of what constitutes an historical source, including artistic and literary evidence, and how such sources should be evaluated.

ILO: Module-specific skills

  • 1. Assess the nature of the problems facing the Habsburg Monarchy in this period, as well as some of the more positive aspects of this multinational empire.
  • 2. Work critically with a range of sources relating to constitutional, national, foreign political and cultural developments in the Dualist period.
  • 3. Assess the sources in relation to the historical debates surrounding this subject and the problems of multinational states in general.

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

  • 4. Identify the problems of using historical sources, e.g. utility, limitations, etc., and compare the validity of different types of sources.
  • 5. Answer a question briefly and concisely.
  • 6. Present work orally, respond to questions orally, and think quickly of questions to ask other students.

ILO: Personal and key skills

  • 7. Conduct independent study and group work, including the presentation of material for group discussion, developed through the mode of learning.
  • 8. Digest, select and organise material to produce, to a deadline, a coherent and cogent argument, developed through the mode of assessment.
  • 9. Work with others in a team and to interact effectively with the tutor and the wider group.
  • 10. Write to a very tight word-length.

Syllabus plan

1       Introduction:  The Habsburg Monarchy in European History

2       The Making of Dualism

3       The Problem with Dualism

4       Monarchy on Short Notice:  Political and National Dysfunctionality

5       Dynastic Loyalty and National Indifference

6       Economic Modernisation and Cultural Interaction

7       Melting Pot?  Literature and the Arts

8       Melting Pot?  Intellectual Trends and the Strains of Modernity

9       Dilemmas of Foreign Policy and the Origins of the First World War

10    The Last Days of Mankind 1914-1918

11    Conclusion:  Anachronism or Harbinger?

Learning activities and teaching methods (given in hours of study time)

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

Details of learning activities and teaching methods

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled learning and teaching activities22 hour lecture: Introduction to module
Scheduled learning and teaching activities2010 x 2 hour seminars. At a meeting of the whole class generally a different group of 3-4 students will give a presentation to the whole class, followed by class discussion and working through the sources for that week carefully. Additional sources may be issued in the class and the lecturer will also use the time to set up issues for the following week.
Guided independent study128Students prepare for the session through reading and research; writing five source commentaries and an essay and preparing one group presentation in the course of the term.

Formative assessment

Form of assessmentSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Group presentation (3-4 students)10-15 minutes1-4, 6-7, 9Oral
Lowest mark from portfolio of 5 source commentaries500 words1-5, 7-8, 10Mark and written comments

Summative assessment (% of credit)

CourseworkWritten examsPractical exams

Details of summative assessment

Form of assessment% of creditSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
4 highest marks from portfolio of 5 source commentaries60 (15 per commentary)2000 words (500 per commentary)1-5, 7-8, 10Mark and written comments
Essay on sources401500 words1-5, 7-8, 10Mark and written comments

Details of re-assessment (where required by referral or deferral)

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
4 highest marks of portfolio of 5 source commentaries4 highest marks of portfolio of 5 source commentaries1-5, 7-8, 10Referral/deferral period
1500-word essay1500-word essay1-5, 7-8, 10Referral/deferral period

Indicative learning resources - Basic reading

Armour, Ian D.  A History of Eastern Europe 1740-1918:  Empires, Nations and Modernisation, 2nd edition.  London:  Bloomsbury Academic, 2012.

Bridge, F.R.  The Habsburg Monarchy among the Great Powers 1815-1918.  New York:  Berg, 1990.

Cornwall, Mark (ed.)  The Last Years of Austria-Hungary:  A Multi-National Experiment in Early Twentieth-Century Europe.  Exeter:  University of Exeter Press, 2002.

Fichtner, Paula Sutter.  The Habsburg Empire:  From Dynasticism to Multinationalism.  Malabar, Fl:  Krieger, 1997.

Mason, John W.  The Dissolution of the Austro-Hungarian Empire 1867-1918, 2nd edition.  Harlow:  Longman, 1997.

Sked, Alan.  The Decline and Fall of the Habsburg Empire 1815-1918, 2nd edition.  Harlow:  Longman, 2001.

Williamson, Samuel J., Jr.  Austria-Hungary and the Origins of the First World War.  London:  Macmillan, 1990.

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Key words search

Austria, Hungary, Habsburg, Nationalism, Empire, Monarchy, Multinational