The Making of the Habsburg Monarchy: A Review Article


By focusing on the history of the impact of a single work, The Making of the Habsburg Monarchy 1550-1700 published by Robert Evans in 1979, this essay examines the reception and influence of the most outstanding account of this period. The essay summarizes the key ideas that make the Making of the Habsburg Monarchy a significant book and follows the development of the themes first raised by Evans in the work of other historians. This reading of Evans' book is intended to highlight its importance in understanding the Habsburg Monarchy and to suggest how it continues to offer signposts for future research.

Keywords: Habsburg monarchy, central European history, Counter Reformation, Baroque