Course title: Hungary in the monarchy of the Habsburgs, 1526–1796. Special intensive course

Time: October 2019

Location: Moscow State Lomonosov University, Shuvalovskiy corpus, lecture hall 419


Maximum number of students admitted: 100


Educational objectives:

The course is intended as an English-language introduction to the early modern history of Hungary on the one hand and as a detailed overview of the political history of Hungary in the 18th century from the aspects of the social and cultural histories of politics.


Course content:

1. 24 October 2019, 10.45-12.15: Introduction: Hungary in the Empire of the Austrian Habsburgs

2. 24 October 2019, from 12.15: Consultation

3. 28 October 2019, 12.30-14.00: Elites in 18th-century Hungarian Politics

4. 28 October 2019, from 14.00: Consultation

5. 29 October 2019, 10.45-12.15: From Confession to Constitution: The Hungarian MPs Motivation in the mid-18th Century

6. 29 October 2019, from 12.15: Consultation

7. 30 October 2019, 14.40-16.10: The Birth of Constitution in 18th-century Hungarain Political Thought

8. 30 October 2019, from 16.10: Consultation

9. 31 October 2019, 10.45-12.15: Institutional History, Social history, Microhistory: Coming to Terms with 18th-century Hungarian History

10. 31 October 2019, from 12.15: Consultation


Course requirements:

Students will get a set of two questions to their e-mail address after each lecture that is to be replied to electronically by 10 a.m. the next day. In addition, an essay is to be submitted in the length to be specified later by a date also to be specified later. These questions can be answered on the basis of the lectures. Marks will be given on the basis of the replies to the short questions (50%) as well on the basis of the essays (50%).


Further reading:

Дополнительная литература к спецкурсу


1.      Воцелка К. История Австрии. Культура, Общество, политика. М., 2007.

2.      Гусарова Т.П. Венгрия XVI-XVII вв.: портреты современников на фоне эпохи. М., 2018.

3.      История Венгрии. В трех томах. Т.1. М., «Наука». 1971.

4.      Контлер Л. История Венгрии. Тысячелетие в центре Европы.М., 2002.

5.      Хаванова О.В. Заслуги отцов и таланты сыновей. Венгерские дворяне в учебных заведениях монархии Габсбургов в 1746-1784. М., 2006.

6.      Взаимодействия и конфликты на конфессионально и этнически смешанных территориях Центральной и Восточной Европы 1517 – 1918. СПб., Нестор-История. 2016.

7.      Dávid, Géza and Pál Fodor (eds), Ottomans, Hungarians, and Habsburgs in Central Europe: The Military Confines in the Era of the Ottoman Conquest (Leiden: Brill, 2000).

8.      Engel, Pál, The Realm of St. Stephen: A History of Medieval Hungary, 895-1526 (London: I. B. Tauris, 2001).

9.       Evans, R. J. W., Austria, Hungary, and the Habsburgs: Essays on Central Europe, c. 1683-1867 (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2006).

10.   Hörcher, Ferenc and Thomas Lorman (eds): A History of the Hungarian Constitution: Law, Government and Political Culture in Central Europe (London - New York: I. B. Tauris, 2018).

11.   Kosáry, Domokos, Culture and Society in Eighteenth-Century Hungary (Budapest: Corvina Kiadó, 1987).

12.   Murdock, Graeme, Calvinism on the Frontier, 1600-1660: International Calvinism and the Reformed Church in Hungary and Transylvania (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2000).

13.   Pach, Zsigmond Pál, Hungary and the European Economy in Early Modern Times (Aldershot: Variorum, 1994).

14.   Pálffy, Géza, Between Two Empires: Hungary, 1526-1711 (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2019).

15.   Pálffy, Géza, The Kingdom of Hungary and the Habsburg Monarchy in the Sixteenth Century (New York: Columbia University Press, 2009).

16.   R. Várkonyi, Ágnes, Europica varietas- Hungarica varietas 1526-1762: Selected Studies (Budapest: Akadémiai Kiadó, 2000).

17.   Zimányi, Vera, Economy and Society in Sixteenth- and Seventeenth-Century Hungary (1526-1650) (Budapest: Akadémiai Kiadó, 1987).