The Habsburg Monarchy of Austria-Hungary 1867-1918 (HIH1609)
This module introduces students to one of the most bizarre states in modern European history, the Habsburg Monarchy of the ‘dualist’ period. Austria-Hungary was a union of two different states, with the monarch directing external affairs. This Dual Monarchy was a multinational empire, and in an age of rising nationalism this complicated domestic and foreign relations. It was a fertile ground for intellectual and artistic interaction, while politically being dysfunctional to the point of meltdown. The course utilises primary sources both traditional and non-traditional, including visual ones, to illuminate the extraordinary cultural ferment made possible by this juxtaposition of peoples.