Univ.-Doz. Ph.D.

William D. Godsey

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William D. Godsey is a research associate in the research unit History of the Habsburg Monarchy.

Brief Biography


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.

Research Interests


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

Selected Publications


  • “Kaiserliche Kriegsfinanzierung und ständische Kreditvermittlung in Wien während des Dreißigjährigen Krieges,” in Die Habsburgermonarchie und der Dreißigjährige Krieg, hg. von Katrin Keller und Martin Scheutz, Veröffentlichungen des Instituts für Österreichische Geschichtsforschung, vol. 73 (Böhlau, 2020), 179-206.
  • Das Haus Arenberg und die Habsburgermonarchie. Eine transterritoriale Adelsfamilie zwischen Fürstendienst und Eigenständigkeit (16.–20. Jahrhundert), hg. von William D. Godsey und Veronika Hyden-Hanscho (Regensburg: Schnell & Steiner, 2019)
  • The Sinews of Habsburg Power: Lower Austria in a Fiscal-Military State 1650–1820 (Oxford University Press, 2018)
  • Internationale Geschichte in Theorie und Praxis/International History in Theory and Practice (Wien, Verlag der Österreichischen Akademie der Wissenschaften, 2017). Herausgegeben zusammen mit Barbara Haider-Wilson and Wolfgang Mueller.
  • Nobles and Nation in Central Europe: Free Imperial Knights in the Age of Revolution, 1750–1850 (Cambridge University Press, 2004).
  • Aristocratic Redoubt: The Austro-Hungarian Foreign Office on the Eve of the First World War (Purdue University Press, 1999).

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