The Ottoman empire in early modern Austrian history : assessment and perspectives
Title: The Ottoman empire in early modern Austrian history : assessment and perspectives
Author: DO PAÇO, David
Series/Number: EUI MWP; 2014/07
ISSN: 1725-6720; 1830-7728
This paper discusses the over-focalisation on the Mediterranean area of historians of the early modern Euro-Ottoman relationship and it offers a critical assessment of the numerous studies conducted by historians of the Habsburg Monarchy over thirty years. It shows that the histories of the Austrian monarchy and of the Ottoman Empire were interdependent and that war is a marginal element in their relationship. This paper emphasises the political use of the Ottoman history by Austrian scholars from Hammer-Purgstall’s essential enterprise to the violent contestation of Samuel Huntington and his civilizational pattern. Cultural history, trade and diplomacy appear as the three ways of the Austrian historiographical shift, which nevertheless calls nowadays for a more pragmatic approach.
Subject: Austria; Early modern Europe; Historiography; Ottoman empire; Trans-imperial history
Type of Access: openAccess; openAccess