The three-volume handbook summarises knowledge about the administrative consolidation of the Habsburg Monarchy in the early modern era in a structured form. Thus, a basic work is being created that can be used to address numerous issues and at the same time will comprise fundamental contributions to understanding the development and mode of operation of the administration in the Monarchy. Each contribution will be supplemented by an overview of the available sources as well as by a commentated bibliography, which will make knowledge about specific themes, now dispersed among innumerable publications and in various languages, accessible. Lists of the heads of government offices and high-ranking public officials will, for the first time, make the names of important individuals and families belonging to the administrative elite accessible. The first volume, edited in two books by Michael Hochedlinger, Petr Maťa and Thomas Winkelbauer, contains contributions by some 60 specialists from seven countries. On some 1,300 pages, the volume deals with the dynasty and court, the emperor and empire, central administration, warfare, and the financial system run by the rulers. The second volume, dedicated to the administration on the level of the individual territories, is being compiled.

Verwaltungsgeschichte der Habsburgermonarchie in der Frühen Neuzeit I: Hof und Dynastie, Kaiser und Reich, Zentralverwaltungen, Kriegswesen und landesfürstliches Finanzwesen, 2 Bände (= Mitteilungen des Instituts für Österreichische Geschichtsforschung, Ergänzungsband 62/1-2), hgg. Michael Hochedlinger, Petr Mat'a und Thomas Winkelbauer, Wien 2019.