The Habsburg Monarchy has received much historiographical attention since 1945. Yet the military aspects of Austria’s emergence as a European great power in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries have remained obscure. This book shows that force of arms and the instruments of the early modern state were just as important as its marriage policy in creating and holding together the Habsburg Monarchy.

Drawing on an impressive up-to-date bibliography as well as on original archival research, this survey is the first to put Vienna’s military back at the centre stage of early modern Austrian history.

chapter |4 pages

Introduction: The belated great power

part |2 pages

Modest Origins - the Habsburg Monarchy During the Second Half of the Seventeenth Century

chapter 1|36 pages

The domestic foundations

chapter 2|35 pages

The primacy of power politics

chapter 3|20 pages

Home defence

chapter 4|53 pages

The standing army

part |2 pages

Austria's 'age of heroes' 1683-1733

chapter 5|15 pages

The Turkish War 1683-1699

chapter 6|6 pages

The Nine Years War 1689-1697

chapter 8|9 pages

Renewed expansion

part |2 pages

The crisis of a great power 1733-1748

part |2 pages

Reform - revenge - aggression?

chapter 13|39 pages

Army and society

chapter 14|19 pages

The Seven Years War 1756-1763

chapter 15|11 pages

Peacetime expansion in the East 1764-1775

chapter 16|16 pages

Streamlining the Habsburg Monarchy

chapter 17|11 pages

The Russian maelstrom

chapter 18|12 pages

State crisis and recovery

part |2 pages

The revolutionary challenge 1789-1797

chapter 20|12 pages

In search of compensations 1792-1795

chapter 21|16 pages

False hopes 1796- 1797