Creating a State

  • Paula Sutter Fichtner
Part of the European History in Perspective book series (EUROHIP)


Even during the Ráikóczi interlude the dynasty’s armies fought victoriously onward through the south and east of Europe in the first two decades of the eighteenth century. Some of their most impressive triumphs came under the imaginative leadership of Prince Eugene of Savoy, the president of Joseph I’s war council and a firm believer in using military power to enhance the house of Austria’s standing in the world. Temesváir, taken from the Turks in October of 1716, had been a Hungarian royal redoubt in the Middle Ages. As a crown possession, it did not represent an expansion of Habsburg borders. Belgrade, captured a year later, had no tie to the crown of St. Stephen at all. The Peace of Passarowitz (Požarevac) signed on 21 July 1718 during the reign of Emperor Charles VI (1685–1740), Joseph’s brother, marked the high-point of Habsburg penetration of the Balkans against the Ottoman empire.


Eighteenth Century Female Succession Austrian Province Ottoman Empire HABSBURG Monarchy 
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