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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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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