The Habsburg Empire | Newberry

The Habsburg Empire

Thursday, October 12, 2017

9:30 am to 12:30 pm

The Newberry

Dr. Edin Hajdarpasic, Loyola University
Newberry Teachers' Consortium

For much of the twentieth century, textbooks depicted the Habsburg Empire as a “prison of nations,” an undemocratic and outdated state haunted by nationalist disputes until its bitter end during World War I. Contrary to such nation-centric interpretations, historians now view the Habsburg state as a dynamic and resilient polity whose diverse citizens had common histories, institutions, and aspirations. This seminar explores the foundational institutions and crucial tensions of the Habsburg state from the Enlightenment to the Sarajevo assassination in 1914. Using examples from both Austrian and Hungarian halves of the Monarchy, this seminar will consider different interpretations of the evolution of the Habsburg state; the rise of liberal and nationalist politics; the turmoil of fin de siècle Vienna; and the forces of cohesion and disintegration during WWI.

Cost and Registration Information 

Newberry Teachers’ Consortium members may register for this seminar through their designated membership contact as space permits. Non-member educators may register for this seminar by purchasing an individual membership at the time of registration. Registration for all NTC seminars opens Wednesday, September 6, 2017. For more information about NTC membership, please contact Charlotte Ross, Teacher Programs Manager, at

The seminar will be followed by a catered lunch. Registrants should RSVP for lunch to assist Teacher Programs staff in reducing waste.

A link to the assigned pre-readings for this seminar will be distributed to participants via email.

If you believe you are registered for this seminar but have not received an email confirmation or reminder, please contact Teacher Programs staff.