War, Religion and Court Patronage in Habsburg Austria

The Social and Cultural Dimensions of Political Interaction, 1521–1622

  • Authors
  • Karin J. MacHardy

Part of the Studies in Modern History book series (SMH)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Introduction

    1. Karin J. MacHardy
      Pages 1-18
  3. Co-ordinating State, Reformation and Elites

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 19-19
    2. Karin J. MacHardy
      Pages 21-46
    3. Karin J. MacHardy
      Pages 47-88
    4. Karin J. MacHardy
      Pages 89-122
  4. Court Patronage and Noble Strategies

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 123-123
    2. Karin J. MacHardy
      Pages 151-182
    3. Karin J. MacHardy
      Pages 183-213
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 214-331

About this book


This case study of the causes of the Thirty Years' War suggests an alternative framework to that of Absolutism, and views statebuilding as an interactive bargaining process that can engender challenges to political authority. It shows how selective court patronage changed the cultural habits of nobles in education, manners, and tastes, but failed to transform religious identities, which were intimately tied to noble interests. Instead, the confessionalization of patronage deepened divisions within the elite, providing multiple incentives for the formation of an anti-Habsburg alliance among Protestants in 1620.


absolutism Austria civil war reform reformation

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited 2003
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, London
  • eBook Packages Palgrave History Collection
  • Print ISBN 978-1-349-39087-8
  • Online ISBN 978-0-230-53676-0
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