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The HABSBURG MONARCHY (German : _Habsburgermonarchie_) or EMPIRE, is an unofficial appellation among historians for the countries and provinces that were ruled by the junior Austrian branch of the House of Habsburg between 1521 and 1780 and then by the successor branch of Habsburg-Lorraine
Habsburg-Lorraine
until 1918. The Monarchy
Monarchy
was a composite state composed of territories within and outside the Holy Roman Empire
Holy Roman Empire
, united only in the person of the monarch . The dynastic capital was Vienna
Vienna
, except from 1583 to 1611, when it was moved to Prague
Prague
. From 1804 to 1867 the Habsburg Monarchy
Monarchy
was formally unified as the Austrian Empire , and from 1867 to 1918 as the Austro-Hungarian Empire .

The head of the Austrian branch of the House of Habsburg
House of Habsburg
was often elected Holy Roman Emperor
Holy Roman Emperor
: from 1415 until the Empire's dissolution in 1806, Charles VII of Bavaria
Bavaria
(1742-1745) was the only Holy Roman Emperor
Emperor
who was not Habsburg ruler of Austria. The two entities were never coterminous, as the Habsburg Monarchy
Monarchy
covered many lands beyond the Holy Roman Empire, and most of the Empire was ruled by other dynasties.

This Austrian Habsburg Monarchy
Monarchy
must not be confused with the House of Habsburg , existing since the 11th century, whose vast domains were split up in 1521 between this "junior" Austrian branch and the "senior" Spanish branch .

CONTENTS

* 1 Name * 2 Origins and expansion * 3 Terminology * 4 Characteristics * 5 Territories * 6 Habsburg territories outside the Habsburg Monarchy
Monarchy
* 7 History

* 8 Rulers of the Habsburg Monarchy, 1521–1918

* 8.1 Habsburg * 8.2 Habsburg-Lorraine
Habsburg-Lorraine
* 8.3 Family tree

* 9 In literature * 10 Notes * 11 Further reading * 12 External links

NAME

The monarchy had no official name. Instead, various names included:

* HABSBURG MONARCHY (_Habsburgermonarchie_) * HABSBURG EMPIRE (_Habsburgerreich_) * HABSBURG/AUSTRIAN HEREDITARY LANDS (_Habsburgische/Österreichische Erblande_) * AUSTRIAN MONARCHY (_Österreichische Monarchie_) * DANUBIAN MONARCHY (_Donaumonarchie_)

ORIGINS AND EXPANSION

The Habsburg family originated with the Habsburg Castle in modern Switzerland
Switzerland
, and after 1279 came to rule in Austria
Austria
("the Habsburg Hereditary Lands"). The Habsburg family grew to European prominence with the marriage and adoption treaty by Emperor
Emperor
Maximilian I at the First Congress of Vienna
Vienna
in 1515, and the subsequent death of adopted Louis II of Hungary
Hungary
and Bohemia
Bohemia
in 1526.

Following the death of Louis II of Hungary
Hungary
and Bohemia
Bohemia
in the Battle of Mohács against the Turks , his brother-in-law Archduke Ferdinand of Austria
Austria
was elected the next King of Bohemia
Bohemia
and Hungary
Hungary
.

TERMINOLOGY

Names of the territory that (with some exceptions) finally became Austria- Hungary
Hungary
:

* Habsburg monarchy or Austrian monarchy (1526–1867): This was an unofficial, but very frequent name – even at that time. The entity had no official name . * Austrian Empire (1804–1867): This was the official name. Note that the German version is _Kaisertum Österreich_, i.e. the English translation empire refers to a territory ruled by an emperor , not just to a "widespreading domain". * Austria- Hungary
Hungary
(1867–1918): This was the official name. An unofficial popular name was the Danubian Monarchy
Monarchy
(German : _Donaumonarchie_) also often used was the term _Doppel-Monarchie_ ("Double Monarchy") meaning two states under one crowned ruler. * Crownlands or crown lands (_Kronländer_) (1849–1918): This is the name of all the individual parts of the Austrian Empire (1849-1867), and then of Austria- Hungary
Hungary
from 1867 on. The Kingdom of Hungary
Hungary
(more exactly the Lands of the Hungarian Crown) was not considered a "crownland" after the establishment of Austria-Hungary 1867, so that the "crownlands" became identical with what was called the Kingdoms and Lands represented in the Imperial Council (_Die im Reichsrate vertretenen Königreiche und Länder_).

The Hungarian parts of the Empire were called "Lands of the Holy Hungarian Crown of Saint Stephen " or "Lands of Holy (St.) Stephen's Crown" (_Länder der Heiligen Stephans Krone_). The Bohemian (Czech) Lands were called "Lands of the St. Wenceslaus' Crown" (_Länder der Wenzels-Krone_).

Names of some smaller territories:

* Austrian lands (_Österreichische Länder_) or "Archduchies of Austria" (_Erzherzogtümer von Österreich_) - Lands up and below the Enns (_ober und unter der Enns_) (996–1918): This is the historical name of the parts of the Archduchy of Austria
Archduchy of Austria
that became the present-day Republic of Austria
Austria
(_Republik Österreich_) on 12 November 1918 (after Emperor
Emperor
Charles I had abdicated the throne). Modern day Austria
Austria
is a semi-federal republic of nine states (_Bundesländer_) that are: Lower Austria, Upper Austria, Tyrol, Styria, Salzburg, Carinthia, Vorarlberg and Burgenland and the Capital of Vienna
Vienna
that is a state of its own. Burgenland came to Austria
Austria
in 1921 from Hungary. Salzburg
Salzburg
finally became Austrian in 1816 after the Napoleonic wars (before it was ruled by prince-archbishops of Salzburg as a sovereign territory).

Vienna, Austria's capital became a state January 1, 1922, after being residence and capital of the Austrian Empire (_Reichshaupt und Residenzstadt Wien_) for the Habsburg monarchs for centuries. Upper and Lower Austria, historically, were split into " Austria
Austria
above the Enns" and " Austria
Austria
below the Enns" (the Enns river is the state-border between Upper- and Lower Austria). Upper Austria
Austria
was enlarged after the Treaty of Teschen
Treaty of Teschen
(1779) following the "War of the Bavarian Succession" by the so-called Innviertel ("Inn Quarter"), formerly part of Bavaria.

* Hereditary Lands (_Erblande_ or _Erbländer_; mostly used _Österreichische Erblande_) or German Hereditary Lands (in the Austrian monarchy) or Austrian Hereditary Lands ( Middle Ages
Middle Ages
– 1849/1918): In a narrower sense these were the "original" Habsburg Austrian territories, i.e. basically the Austrian lands and Carniola (not Galicia , Italian territories or the Austrian Netherlands
Netherlands
). In a wider sense the Lands of the Bohemian Crown
Lands of the Bohemian Crown
were also included in (from 1526; definitely from 1620/27) the Hereditary lands. The term was replaced by the term "Crownlands" (see above) in the 1849 March Constitution, but it was also used afterwards. The _Erblande_ also included lots of small and smallest territories that were principalities, duchies or counties etc. some of them can namely be found in the reigning titles of the Habsburg monarchs like _Graf_ (Earl/Count of) _von Tyrol_ etc.

CHARACTERISTICS

Within the Habsburg Monarchy, each province was governed according to its own particular customs. Until the mid 17th century, not all of the provinces were even necessarily ruled by the same person—junior members of the family often ruled portions of the Hereditary Lands as private apanages. Serious attempts at centralization began under Maria Theresa and especially her son Joseph II in the mid to late 18th century, but many of these were abandoned following large scale resistance to Joseph's more radical reform attempts, although a more cautious policy of centralization continued during the revolutionary period and the long Metternichian period which followed.

An even greater attempt at centralization began in 1849 following the suppression of the various revolutions of 1848 . For the first time, ministers tried to transform the monarchy into a centralized bureaucratic state ruled from Vienna. The Kingdom of Hungary, in particular, ceased to exist as a separate entity, being divided into a series of districts. Following the Habsburg defeats in the Wars of 1859 and 1866, this policy was abandoned, and after several years of experimentation in the early 1860s, the famous Austro-Hungarian Compromise of 1867 was arrived at, by which the so-called Dual Monarchy
Monarchy
of Austria- Hungary
Hungary
was set up. In this system, the Kingdom of Hungary
Hungary
was given sovereignty and a parliament, with only a personal union and a joint foreign and military policy connecting it to the other Habsburg lands. Although the non-Hungarian Habsburg lands, often, but erroneously, referred to as "Austria", received their own central parliament (the _Reichsrat_, or Imperial Council) and ministries, as their official name – the "Kingdoms and Lands Represented in the Imperial Council" – shows that they remained something less than a genuine unitary state. When Bosnia and Herzegovina was annexed (after a long period of occupation and administration ), it was not incorporated into either half of the monarchy. Instead, it was governed by the joint Ministry of Finance .

Austria- Hungary
Hungary
collapsed under the weight of the various unsolved ethnic problems that came to a head with its defeat in World War I
World War I
. In the peace settlement that followed, significant territories were ceded to Romania
Romania
and Italy
Italy
, new republics of Austria
Austria
(the German-Austrian territories of the Hereditary lands) and Hungary
Hungary
(the Magyar core of the old kingdom) were created, and the remainder of the monarchy's territory was shared out among the new states of Poland
Poland
, Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes (later Yugoslavia), and Czechoslovakia
Czechoslovakia
.

TERRITORIES

Growth of the Habsburg Monarchy
Monarchy

The territories ruled by the branch changed over the centuries, but the core always consisted of four blocs:

* The Hereditary Lands, which covered most of the modern states of Austria
Austria
and Slovenia
Slovenia
, as well as territories in northeastern Italy and (before 1797) southwestern Germany
Germany
. To these were added in 1779 the Inn Quarter of Bavaria
Bavaria
; and in 1803 the Bishoprics
Bishoprics
of Trent and Brixen . The Napoleonic Wars
Napoleonic Wars
caused disruptions where many parts of the Hereditary lands were lost, but all these, along with the former Archbishopric of Salzburg
Salzburg
, which had previously been temporarily annexed between 1805 and 1809, were recovered at the peace in 1815, with the exception of the Vorlande
Vorlande
. The Hereditary provinces included:

* Archduchy of Austria
Archduchy of Austria
(Upper Austria
Austria
); * Archduchy of Austria
Archduchy of Austria
(Lower Austria
Austria
); * Duchy of Styria
Duchy of Styria
; * Duchy of Carinthia
Duchy of Carinthia
; * Duchy of Carniola ; * The Adriatic port of Trieste
Trieste
; * Istria
Istria
(although much of Istria
Istria
was Venetian territory until 1797);

* Gorizia and Gradisca ;

* These lands (3–8) were often grouped together as Inner Austria
Austria
.

* The County of Tyrol
County of Tyrol
(although the Bishoprics
Bishoprics
of Trent and Brixen dominated what would become the South Tyrol before 1803); * The Vorarlberg (actually a collection of provinces, only united in the 19th century);

* The Vorlande
Vorlande
, a group of territories in Breisgau and elsewhere in southwestern Germany
Germany
lost in 1801 (although the Alsatian territories ( Sundgau ) which had formed a part of it had been lost as early as 1648);

* Vorarlberg and the Vorlande
Vorlande
were often grouped together as Further Austria
Austria
and mostly ruled jointly with Tyrol.

* Grand Duchy of Salzburg
Salzburg
(only after 1805); _ Coronation of Maria Theresa in Pressburg, Kingdom of Hungary
Hungary
, 1741

* The Lands of the Bohemian Crown
Lands of the Bohemian Crown
– initially consisting of the five lands: Kingdom of Bohemia , Margraviate of Moravia , Silesia
Silesia
, and Upper and Lower Lusatia
Lusatia
. Bohemian Diet (Czech : zemský sněm_) elected Ferdinand , later Holy Roman Emperor
Holy Roman Emperor
Ferdinand I, as king in 1526.

* Lusatia
Lusatia
was ceded to Saxony
Saxony
in 1635. * Most of Silesia
Silesia
was conquered by Prussia in 1740–1742 and the remnants which stayed under Habsburg sovereignty were ruled as Duchy of Upper and Lower Silesia
Silesia
(Austrian Silesia).

* The Kingdom of Hungary
Hungary
– two thirds of the former territory that was administered by the medieval Kingdom of Hungary
Hungary
was conquered by the Ottoman Empire
Ottoman Empire
and the Princes of vassal Ottoman Transylvania
Transylvania
, while the Habsburg administration was restricted to the western and northern territories of the former kingdom, which remained to be officially referred as the Kingdom of Hungary
Hungary
. In 1699, at the end of the Ottoman-Habsburg wars
Ottoman-Habsburg wars
, one part of the territories that were administered by the former medieval Kingdom of Hungary
Hungary
came under Habsburg administration, with some other areas being picked up in 1718 (some of the territories that were part of medieval kingdom, notably those in the south of the Sava and Danube rivers, remained under Ottoman administration ).

_ Europa regina _, symbolizing a Habsburg-dominated Europe. Soldiers of the Military Frontier against the incursions of the Ottoman Turks, 1756

Over the course of its history, other lands were, at times, under Austrian Habsburg rule (some of these territories were secundogenitures , i.e. ruled by other lines of Habsburg dynasty):

* Kingdom of Croatia
Croatia
(1527–1868); * Serbia
Serbia
occupation (1686–1691); * Kingdom of Slavonia (1699–1868); * Grand Principality of Transylvania
Transylvania
, between 1699 (Treaty of Karlowitz ) and 1867 (Ausgleich ) * Austrian Netherlands
Netherlands
, consisting of most of modern Belgium
Belgium
and Luxembourg
Luxembourg
(1713–1792); * Duchy of Milan
Duchy of Milan
(1713–1797); * Kingdom of Naples
Kingdom of Naples
(1713–1735); * Kingdom of Sardinia
Kingdom of Sardinia
(1713–1720); * Kingdom of Serbia
Serbia
(1718–1739); * Banat of Temeswar (1718–1778); * Oltenia (1718–1739, de facto, 1737), as Grand-Voivodate (sometimes designated as _Valachia Caesarea_); * Kingdom of Sicily (1720–1735); * Duchy of Parma (1735–1748); * Kingdom of Galicia and Lodomeria
Kingdom of Galicia and Lodomeria
, in modern Poland
Poland
and Ukraine (1772–1918) * Duchy of Bukovina (1774–1918); * Serbia
Serbia
occupation (1788–1792); * New Galicia
New Galicia
, the Polish lands, including Kraków
Kraków
, taken in the Third Partition (1795–1809); * Venetia (1797–1805); * Kingdom of Dalmatia (1797–1805, 1814–1918); * Kingdom of Lombardy-Venetia (1814–1859); * Kraków
Kraków
, which was incorporated into Galicia (1846–1918); * Serbian Vojvodina
Serbian Vojvodina
(1848–1849); de facto entity, officially unrecognized * Voivodeship of Serbia
Serbia
and Banat of Temeschwar (1849–1860); * Kingdom of Croatia-Slavonia (1868–1918); * Sanjak of Novi Pazar occupation (1878–1913); * Bosnia and Herzegovina
Bosnia and Herzegovina
(1878–1918).

The boundaries of some of these territories varied over the period indicated, and others were ruled by a subordinate (secundogeniture) Habsburg line. The Habsburgs also held the title of Holy Roman Emperor between 1438 and 1740, and again from 1745 to 1806.

HABSBURG TERRITORIES OUTSIDE THE HABSBURG MONARCHY

See also: Spanish Empire
Spanish Empire
Habsburg territories in 1700. The Habsburg Monarchy
Monarchy
is shown in yellow, while the territories of the senior Spanish Habsburgs are shown in red.

The Habsburg monarchy should not be confused with various other territories ruled at different times by members of the Habsburg dynasty. The senior Spanish line of the Habsburgs ruled over Habsburg Spain and various other territories from 1516 until it became extinct in 1700. A junior line ruled over Tuscany
Tuscany
between 1765 and 1801, and again from 1814 to 1859. While exiled from Tuscany, this line ruled at Salzburg
Salzburg
from 1803 to 1805, and in Würzburg from 1805 to 1814. Another line ruled the Duchy of Modena from 1814 to 1859, while Empress Marie Louise , Napoleon\'s second wife and the daughter of Austrian Emperor
Emperor
Francis, ruled over the Duchy of Parma between 1814 and 1847. Also, the Second Mexican Empire
Second Mexican Empire
, from 1863 to 1867, was headed by Maximilian I of Mexico , the brother of Emperor
Emperor
Franz Josef of Austria
Austria
.

HISTORY

For a historical account, see:

* History of Austria
Austria
in the Habsburg Monarchy
Monarchy
* History of Hungary
Hungary
under the Habsburg Monarchy
Monarchy
* Kingdom of Bohemia: 1526–1648 , 1648–1867 , 1867–1918 . * Kingdom of Croatia
Croatia
(Habsburg) ; Kingdom of Croatia-Slavonia ; Kingdom of Dalmatia * Kingdom of Hungary
Hungary
(1538-1867) * Kingdom of Serbia: 1718–1739 , 1788-1791 * History of Slovakia
Slovakia
within the Habsburg Monarchy
Monarchy
* Economy of the Habsburg Monarchy
Monarchy
* History of the Balkans

RULERS OF THE HABSBURG MONARCHY, 1521–1918

Main article: List of rulers of Austria
List of rulers of Austria

HABSBURG

Maximilian II, Holy Roman Emperor
Holy Roman Emperor
and his wife Infanta Maria of Spain with their children.

* Ferdinand I 1521–1564 * Maximilian II 1564–1576 * Rudolf II 1576–1612 * Matthias 1612–1619 * Ferdinand II 1619–1637 * Ferdinand III 1637–1657 * Leopold I 1657–1705 * Joseph I 1705–1711 * Charles VI 1711–1740 "Karl VI." * Maria Theresa 1740–1780 correctly written "Maria Theresia"

HABSBURG-LORRAINE

* Joseph II 1780–1790 known as "the great Reformer" * Leopold II 1790–1792 from 1765 to 1790 "Grandduke of Tuscany" * Francis II 1792–1835 correctly written "Franz" (became Emperor Francis I of Austria
Austria
in 1804, at which point numbering starts anew) * Ferdinand I 1835–1848 known as "Ferdinand the Good" German: "Ferdinand der Gütige" * Francis Joseph I 1848–1916 Brother of Emperor
Emperor
Maximilian of Mexico (ruled 1864–1867) * Charles I 1916–1918 last reigning Monarch of Austria-Hungary * Otto von Habsburg-Lothringen or sometimes called Otto von Österreich Crown Prince of Austria
Austria
to be found as Otto von Habsburg

FAMILY TREE

* Habsburg family tree

IN LITERATURE

The most famous memoir on the decline of the Habsburg Empire is Stefan Zweig's _ The World of Yesterday
The World of Yesterday
_.

NOTES

* ^ "Smoldering Embers: Czech-German Cultural Competition, 1848–1948" by C. Brandon Hone. Utah State University. * ^ _A_ _B_ " Czech Republic
Czech Republic
- Historic Centre of Prague
Prague
(1992)" Heindorffhus, August 2007, HeindorffHus-Czech. * ^ Vienna
Vienna
website; http://www.wien-vienna.com/austrohungary.php * ^ Encyclopædia Britannica online article Austria-Hungary; http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/44386/Austria-Hungary * ^ Metropolitan Museum of Art; http://www.metmuseum.org/toah/hd/habs/hd_habs.htm * ^ University of Wisconsin; http://faculty.history.wisc.edu/sommerville/351/holy%20roman%20empire.htm * ^ "Ferdinand I". _Encyclopædia Britannica_. * ^ Simon Adams (30 July 2005). _The Balkans_. Black Rabbit Books. pp. 1974–. ISBN 978-1-58340-603-8 . * ^ SCOTT LACKEY (30 October 1995). _The Rebirth of the Habsburg Army: Friedrich Beck and the Rise of the General Staff_. ABC-CLIO. pp. 166–. ISBN 978-0-313-03131-1 . * ^ Carl Cavanagh Hodge (2008). _Encyclopedia of the Age of Imperialism, 1800-1914: A-K_. Greenwood Publishing Group. pp. 59–. ISBN 978-0-313-33406-1 .

* ^ Giorgio Manacorda (2010) _Nota bibliografica_ in Roth _La Marcia di Radetzky_, Newton Classici quotation:

Stefan Zweig, l'autore del più famoso libro sull'Impero asburgico, Die Welt von Gestern

FURTHER READING

* Ingrao, Charles. _The Habsburg Monarchy, 1618–1815_ (2000) excerpt and text search * Ingrao, Charles. _In Quest and Crisis: Emperor
Emperor
Joseph I and the Habsburg Monarchy_ (1979) * Judson, Pieter M. _The Habsburg Empire: A New History_ (2016). Downplays the disruptive impact of ethnic nationalism. * Kann, Robert A. _A History of the Habsburg Empire: 1526–1918_ (U of California Press, 1974) * Lieven, Dominic. _Empire: The Russian empire and its rivals_ (Yale UP, 2002), comparisons with Russian, British, et al. (1914). _A short history of Austria- Hungary
Hungary
and Poland_. * Taylor, A.J.P. _The Habsburg monarchy, 1809–1918: a history of the Austrian Empire and Austria-Hungary_, (London: Penguin Books. 2nd ed. 1964) excerpt and text search

EXTERNAL LINKS

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Monarchy
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