Frontiers of Absolutism: Habsburg Expansion in Southeast Europe, 1683-1739


Fellowships for Postdoctoral Research in East European Studies




This project examines the development of Habsburg administration in Hungary, Serbia and Romania between 1683 and 1739. In this period, the Habsburgs occupied territories that had been under Ottoman control throughout most of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. The conquest of these territories necessitated the development of new administrative structures, including provision for a new land regime, tax structure, military organization, religious reform, and repopulation. The research method reveals the development of these policies and institutions through a consideration of the contestation of authority at the local level.