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"Pieter M. Judson's book informs and stimulates. If his account of Habsburg achievements, especially in the 18th century, is rather starry-eyed, it is a welcome corrective to the black legend usually presented. Lucid, elegant, full of surprising and illuminating details, it can be warmly recommended to anyone with an interest in modern European history."
-Tim Blanning, Wall Street Journal
"This is an engaging reappraisal of the empire whose legacy, a century after its collapse in 1918, still resonates across the nation-states that replaced it in central Europe. Judson rejects conventional depictions of the Habsburg empire as a hopelessly dysfunctional assemblage of squabbling nationalities and stresses its achievements in law, administration, science and the arts."
-Tony Barber, Financial Times
"Spectacularly revisionist... Judson argues that...the empire was a force for progress and modernity... This is a bold and refreshing book... Judson does much to destroy the picture of an ossified regime and state."
-A. W. Purdue, Times Higher Education
"Judson's reflections on nations, states and institutions are of broader interest, not least in the current debate on the future of the European Union after Brexit."
-Annabelle Chapman, Prospect
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Number of pages: 592
Dimensions: 235 x 156 mm
Judson forever banishes images of the Habsburg Empire as a decrepit and declining anachronism. This is the history we have been waiting for since the empire disappeared from Europe's map.--Tara Zahra, author of The Great Departure: Mass Migration from Eastern Europe and the Making of the Free World
Strongly revisionist and effortlessly wide-ranging, Judson's book offers a strikingly original interpretation of Austria-Hungary as an empire rather than a collection of hostile national groups. This powerful insight should change how we think about European history.--Robert Nemes, author of Another Hungary: The Nineteenth-Century Provinces in Eight Lives
A masterpiece of historical rethinking by one of the great Habsburg historians of our age. Judson reminds us of how little we have fully grasped the subtleties and complexities of Habsburg history.--Larry Wolff, author of The Idea of Galicia: History and Fantasy in Habsburg Political Culture
The Habsburg Empire is Judson's attempt at a grand, unified history of Austria-Hungary for our times...Habsburg history is not the same after this book.--Natasha Wheatley"London Review of Books" (08/30/2018)