Research Unit

History of the Habsburg Monarchy


At the core of the work of the research unit ‘History of the Habsburg Monarchy’ is the question of the cohesive forces that enabled this complex of lands to exist over centuries. These forces partly continued to have an effect long after its disintegration. The time frame encompasses the entire history of the Habsburg Monarchy, whereby the current focus is on the history of the nineteenth and the beginning of the twentieth centuries.

The research takes various methodical approaches. These are distinguished by critical reflection on the interaction of internal and external, political and institutional, economic, social and cultural factors of integration and their change over the course of time. Reference to other empires, great powers and composite monarchies play a special role in this connection.