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The Habsburg Empire: A Very Short Introduction

3.79  ·  Rating details ·  56 ratings  ·  11 reviews
The Habsburgs are the most famous dynasty in continental Europe. From the thirteenth to the twentieth centuries, they ruled much of Central Europe, and for two centuries were also rulers of Spain. Through the Spanish connection, they acquired lands around the Mediterranean and a chunk of the New World, spreading eastwards to include the Philippines. Reaching from South-Eas ...more
Paperback, 152 pages
Published June 1st 2017 by Oxford University Press, USA
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C. Varn
Sep 25, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A decent general introduction

Reading this as a precursor to reading longer and more substantive histories of the Habsburg's empire and of central Europe, it is a helpful general introduction. For six hundred years or more condensed in so short an introduction requires sacrifice of depth and breadth, but my one complaint is that this volume seems to disproportionately focus on the 19th and 20th century.
Rowena Abdul Razak
Oct 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Very concise history of this fascinating family. Easy to read and engaging. Good to read as a way to reinforce knowledge.
Pete
Aug 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: history, nonfiction
The Habsburg Empire: A Very Short Introduction (2017) by Martyn Rady is a book that describes the main history of one of Europe's most important dynasties. Rady is a professor of European Studies at University College London and got his PhD in Budapest so he has a great background for writing a book on the Habsburgs. 

There are a number of much longer and larger books on the Habsburgs out there. But for anyone wanting to come up to speed and get some idea of why the Habsburgs mattered so much and
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Jason Ray Carney
Dec 30, 2018 rated it liked it
This is an educational and engaging survey of the Habsburg dynasty and their empires from the middle ages through the 20th century. For being so short, it is nevertheless detailed in execution (perhaps too much so). To an extent, it assumes too much previous knowledge on the part of a general reader coming to an introduction. Broad historical events—the Reformation, the Napoleonic Wars, the origins of World War 1—these don’t need to be explained, but more context about important Habsburgs, minis ...more
Ian Cook Westgate
Mar 12, 2018 rated it liked it
It reads like a string of Wikipedia summaries of Habsburg times and kings all arranged together chronologically. Which I suppose isn’t that surprising given that the theme of the book is to be a “Very Short Introduction” to the topic. And Wikipedia articles aren’t inherently bad. The result is still a decent and dry book that I’m not sure I would recommend to anybody over simply consulting Wikipedia itself.
Michael Samerdyke
Feb 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A very good overview of the Habsburg Dynasty and its Empire.

This is a subject that most Americans know little about. Rady makes this potentially unwieldy topic coherent and clear. He shows how the Habsburgs influence things from the Reformation to the rise of nationalism. He uses memorable examples to make his points and keep the reader's interest from flagging.

A splendid achievement.
Jessica
An interesting, if too short, overview of the mighty Habsburgs. But a more thorough one would likely take-up a library shelf full of books, so I am contented.
Simon
Aug 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: history
A true masterpiece.
Min
Feb 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Short and concise, easy to read, just what I wanted.
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As the title says, a short history of the Habsburgs. You don't get much context as to what is happening in the rest of Europe. It would have also been good to have a few more family treees.
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Apr 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
Leído en inglés. Un manual ameno e interesante.
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