William D. Godsey studied modern history at the University of Virginia and received his PhD in 1995 (also with the support of a Fulbright research scholarship). From 1997 to 2000, he was a post-doc researcher at the Institute of European History in Mainz in the framework of the project ‘Kontinuität oder revolutionärer Bruch: Eliten im Übergang vom Ancien Regime zur Moderne (1750–1850)’. He was a Lise-Meitner fellow at the Department of Economic and Social History at the University of Vienna from 2000 to 2002, and completed his habilitation in modern history at the University of Vienna in 2007. William Godsey is a fellow of the Royal Historical Society.
Period: from approx. 1650 to 1918.
Area: Habsburg Monarchy in an international context, Holy Roman Empire
Topics: fiscal-military states, composite states, international history, the history of nobility and Estates, inaugural rites, patriotism