Joseph II - Profiles In Power (Hardback)T. C. W. Blanning (author)
Hardback 240 Pages / Published: 09/02/2015
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Joseph II (1741--90) -- son and eventual successor of Maria Theresa -- has conventionally been seen in the context of the "Enlightened Despot" reformers. Today's turmoil in his former territories invites a rather different perspective, however, as Joseph grapples with the familiar and intractable problems of creating a viable unitary state out of his multi-national empire in Central Europe. Professor Blanning's brilliant short study, based on extensive archival research, offers a history of the Habsburg monarchy in the eighteenth century, as well as a revaluation of the emperor's complex personality and his ill-fated reform programme.
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Number of pages: 240
Weight: 408 g
Dimensions: 216 x 138 x 14 mm
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