Joseph II: Volume 1, In the Shadow of Maria Theresa, 1741-1780 by Derek Beales
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Joseph II: Volume 1, In the Shadow of Maria Theresa, 1741-1780
By Derek Beales

Joseph II: Volume 1, In the Shadow of Maria Theresa, 1741-1780

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Joseph II: Volume 1, In the Shadow of Maria Theresa, 1741-1780 by Derek Beales

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The emperor Joseph II (1741-90) tried to carry through something like a 'revolution from above' in the vast, varied, and mainly backward provinces of the Austrian Monarchy. This volume carries the story down to 1780. It describes the claustrophobic atmosphere, in which Joseph was trained to rule, his tragic marriages, and his attempts after 1765 as co-regent with his formidable mother, empress Maria Theresa, to dictate the domestic and foreign policy of the monarchy. The author shows that previous historians have been deceived by false sources and that the picture they have given of the emperor, his strange character, his tempestuous relationship with his mother, and his political aims, needs drastic revision.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780521525886
ISBN-10: 0521525888
Format: Paperback
(234mm x 156mm x 29mm)
Pages: 568
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 15-May-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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