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


  • 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.
  • “A Noblewoman’s Changing Perspective on the World: The Habsburg Patriotism of Rosa Neipperg-Lobkowicz (1832–1905),” Austrian History Yearbook 47 (2016): 37–60.
  • 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).

Publications