This research project aims to investigate the mutual relations between the House of Arenberg, which originally owned estates mainly in the southern Netherlands, the Rhineland and France, and the Habsburg Monarchy, on diverse levels and in an international context.
The maintenance of a permanent standing army in connection with enduring international rivalry and recurrent warfare constituted a primary task of early modern government in the Vienna-based Habsburg monarchy.
The research focus ‘Habsburg International’ connects the history of the Habsburg Monarchy with international history. By using varying approaches, the latter contributes to overcoming the categories of analysis shaped by the nation-state without disregarding the significance of the state in its manifold historical forms.
Baroque castles, conspicuous consumption and prodigality were used in historiography to describe the nobility as the ruling social group in the early modern period. Literature on noble elites in the Habsburg monarchy likewise reflects such topics and topoi.
The goal of the project is to compile a comprehensive collective biographical study in order to define, for the first time, the features of old Austrian parliamentarism, which has been badly neglected in research so far.
Das heutige Erscheinungsbild Wiens und ein erheblicher Teil seiner touristischen Attraktion sind von Gebäuden, Gärten und Sammlungen geprägt, die in ihrer Entstehung mit der höfischen Gesellschaft des 19. Jahrhunderts verbunden sind.