See also:land of
See also:Austria, bounded N. by Bohemia, W. by
See also:Bavaria, S. by
See also:Salzburg and Styria, and E. by
See also:Lower Austria . It has an
See also:area of 4631 sq. m . Upper Austria is divided by the
See also:Danube into two unequal parts . Its smaller
See also:part is a prolongation of the
See also:angle of the Bohemian
See also:forest and contains as culminating points the Plocklstein(4S10 ft.) and the Sternsteim (3690 ft.) . The southern part belongs to the region of the Eastern
See also:Alps, containing the
See also:Salzkammergut and Upper
See also:Austrian Alps, which are found principally in the
See also:district of Salzkammergut (q.v.) . To the
See also:north of these mountains, stretching towards the Danube, is the Alpine foothill region, composed partly of terraces and partly of swelling undulations, of which the most important is the Hausruckwald . This is a wooded chain of mountains, with many branches,
See also:rich in
See also:coal and culminating in the Goblberg (2950 ft.) . Upper Austria belongs to the
See also:watershed of the Danube, which flows through it from west to east, and receives here on the right the
See also:Inn with the Salzach, the Traun, the
See also:Enns with the
See also:Steyr and on its
See also:left the
See also:Great and Little MVluhl
See also:rivers . The Schwarzenberg canal between the Great Muhl and the Moldau establishes a
See also:direct navigable route between the Danube and the Elbe . The
See also:climate of Upper Austria, which varies according to the altitude, is on the whole moderate; it is somewhat severe in the north, but is mild in Salzkammergut . The population of the duchy in 1900 was 809,918, which is
See also:equivalent to 174.8 inhabitants per sq. m . It has the greatest
See also:density of population of any of the Alpine provinces .
The inhabitants are almost exclusively ofGerman stock and
See also:Roman Catholics . For administrative purposes, Upper Austria is divided into two autonomous municipalities,
See also:Linz (58,778) the capital, and Steyr (17,592) and 12 districts . Other
See also:principal towns are Weis (12,187), Ischl (9646) and
See also:Gmunden (7126) . The
See also:diet, of which the
See also:bishop of Linz is a member ex officio, is composed of 50 members and the duchy sends 22 members to the Reichsrat at Vienna . The
See also:soil in the valleys and on the lower slopes of the hills is fertile, indeed 35•o8 % of the whole area is arable .
See also:Agriculture is well
See also:developed and relatively large quantities of the principal cereals are produced . Upper Austria has the largest proportion of meadows in all Austria, 18.54%, while 2.49% is
See also:lowland and Alpine pasturage . Of the
See also:remainder, woods occupy 34.02 %, gardens 1.99 % and 4.93 % is unproductive .
See also:Cattle-breeding is also in a very advanced stage and together with the
See also:trade forms a considerable resource of the province . The principal
See also:wealth of Upper Austria is
See also:salt, of which it extracts nearly 50% of the
See also:total Austrian production . Other important products are
See also:gypsum and a variety of valuable stones and
See also:clays . There are about
See also:thirty mineral springs, the best known being the salt
See also:baths of Ischl and the iodine
See also:waters at
See also:Hall .
See also:industries are the iron and
See also:metal manufactures, chiefly centred at Steyr . Next in importance are the machine,
See also:cotton and paper manufactures, the milling,
See also:brewing and distilling industries and
See also:shipbuilding . The principal articles of export are salt,
See also:stone, timber, live-stock, woollen and iron wares and paper . See Edlbacher, Landeskunde von Oberosterreich (Linz, 2nd ed., 1883); Vansca, op. cit. in the preceding article . AUSTRIA-HUNGARY, or the AUSTRO-HUNGARIAN
See also:MONARCHY (Ger . Osterreichisch-ungarische Monarchie or Osterreichischungarisches Reich), the official name of a
See also:country situated in central
See also:Europe, bounded E. by Russia and Rumania, S. by Rumania,
See also:Turkey and
See also:Montenegro, W. by the Adriatic
See also:Sea, Italy,
See also:Liechtenstein, and the German
See also:Empire, and N. by the German Empire and Russia . It occupies about the sixteenth part of the total area of Europe, with an area (1905) of 239,977 sq. m . The monarchy consists of two
See also:independent states: the kingdoms and lands represented in the council of the empire (Reichsral), unofficially called Austria (q.v.) or Cisleithania; and the " lands of St
See also:Stephen's Crown," unofficially called Hungary (q.v.) or Transleithania . It received its actual name by the diploma of the emperor
See also:Joseph I. of the 14th of
See also:November 1868, replacing the name of the Austrian Empire under which the dominions under his
See also:sceptre were formerly known . The Austro-Hungarian monarchy is very often called unofficially the Dual Monarchy . It had in Igor a population of 45,405,267 inhabitants, comprising therefore within its
See also:borders, about one-eighth of the total population of Europe . By the Berlin Treaty of 1878 the principalities of Bosnia and Herzegovina with an area of 19,702 sq. m., and a population (1895) of 1,591,036 inhabitants, owning Turkey as suzerain, were placed under the administration of Austria-Hungary, and their annexation in 1908 was recognized by the
See also:Powers in 1909, so that they became part of the dominions of the monarchy .
See also:present constitution of the Austro-Hungarian monarchy (see AUSTRIA) is based on the Pragmatic Sanction of the emperor
See also:Charles VI., first promulgated on the 19th of
See also:April 1713, whereby the succession to the
See also:throne is settled in the
See also:dynasty of
See also:Lorraine, descending by right of
See also:primogeniture and lineal succession to male heirs, and, in case of their extinction, to the
See also:line, and whereby the indissolubility and indivisibility of the monarchy are determined; is based, further, on the diploma of the emperor Francis Joseph I, of the loth of
See also:October 186o; whereby the constitutional
See also:form of government is introduced; and, lastly, on the so-called Ausgleich or "Compromise," concluded on the 8th of
See also:February 1867, whereby the relations between Austria and Hungary were regulated . The two
See also:separate states—Austria and Hungary—are completely independent of each other, and each has its own parliament and its own government . The unity of the monarchy is expressed in the
See also:head of the state, who bears the title Emperor of Austria and Apostolic
See also:King of Hungary,. and. in the common administration of a series of affairs, which affect both halves of the Dual Monarchy . These are: (r)
See also:foreign affairs, including
See also:diplomatic and consular
See also:representation abroad; (2) the army, including the
See also:navy, but excluding the
See also:annual voting of recruits, and the
See also:special army of each state; (3)
See also:finance in so far as it concerns joint
See also:expenditure . For the administration of these common affairs there are three joint ministries: the
See also:ministry of foreign affairs and of the imperial and royal
See also:house, the ministry of war, and the ministry of finance . It must be noted that the authority of the joint ministers is restricted to common affairs, and that they are not allowed to direct or exercise any influence on affairs of government affecting separately one of the halves of the monarchy: The
See also:minister of foreign affairs conducts the
See also:international relations of the Dual Monarchy, and can conclude international
See also:treaties . But commercial treaties, and such state treaties as impose burdens on the state, or parts of the state, or involve a
See also:change of territory, require the
See also:parliamentary assent of both states . The minister of war is the head for the administration of all military affairs, except those of the Austrian
See also:Landwehr and of the Hungarian Honveds, which are committed to the ministries for
See also:national defence of the two respective states . But the supreme command of the army is vested in the monarch, who has the power to take all
See also:measures regarding the whole army . It follows, therefore, that the total armed power of the Dual Monarchy forms a whole under the supreme command of the
See also:sovereign . The minister of finance has
See also:charge of the finances of 'common affairs, prepares the joint
See also:budget, and administers the 'joint state
See also:debt . (Till 1909 the provinces of Bosnia and Herzegovina were also administered by the joint minister of finance, excepting matters exclusively dependent on the minister of war.) For the
See also:control of the common finances, there is appointed a joint supreme
See also:court of accounts, which audits the accounts of the joint ministries .
Budget.-Side by side with the budget of each state of the Dual Monarchy, there is a common budget, which comprises the expenditure necessary for the common affairs, namely for the conduct of foreign affairs, for the army, and for the ministry of finance . The revenues of the joint budget consist of the revenues of the joint ministries, the
See also:net proceeds of the customs, and the
See also:quota, or the proportional contributions of the two states . This quota is fixed fora
See also:period of years, and generally coincides with the duration of the customs and commercial treaty . Until 1897 Austria contributed 70 %, and Hungary 30 % of the joint expenditure, remaining after-deduction of the common revenue . It was then decided that from 1897 to
See also:July 1907 the quota should be 66$ for Austria, and 33A for Hungary . In 1907 Hungary's contribution was raised to 36.4 % . Of the total charges 2 % is first of all debited to Hungary on account of the incorporation with this state of the former military frontier . The Budget estimates for the common administration were as follows in 1905:- Revenue- - The following table gives in thousands sterling the joint budget for the years 1875-1905:- Debt.-Besides the debts of each state of the Dual Monarchy, there is a general debt, which is
See also:borne jointly by Austria and Hungary . The following table gives in millions sterling the amount of the general debt for the years 1875-1905:- 1875 . 1885 . 1895 . 1900 .
190.5 . 232.41 231.02 229.67 226.81 224.31 Delegations.-The constitutional right of voting
See also:money applicable to the common affairs and of its
See also:political control is exercised by the Delegations, which consist each of sixty members, chosen for one
See also:year, one-third of them by the Austrian Herrenhaus (Upper House) and the Hungarian Table of Magnates (Upper House), and two-thirds of them by the Austrian and the Hungarian Houses of Representatives . The delegations are annually summoned by the monarch alternately to Vienna and to
See also:Budapest . Each delegation has its separate sittings, both alike public . Their decisions are reciprocally communicated in writing, and, in case of non-agreement, their deliberations are renewed . Should three such interchanges be made without agreement, a common plenary sitting is held of an equal number of both delegations; and these collectively, without discussion, decide the question by common
See also:vote . The common decisions of both houses require for their validity the sanction of the monarch . Each delegation has the right to formulate resolutions independently, and to
See also:call to account and arraign the common ministers . In the exercise of their
See also:office the members of both delegations are irresponsible, enjoying constitutional immunity . Army.-The military
See also:system of the Austro-Hungarian monarchy is similar in both states, and rests since 1868 upon the principle of the universal and
See also:obligation of the
See also:citizen to bear arms . Its military 'force is composed of the common army (K. and K.); the special armies, namely the Austrian (K.K.) Landwehr, and the Hungarian Honveds, which are separate national institutions, and the Landsturne or
See also:levy-inmass . As stated above, the common army stands under the administration of the joint minister of war, while the special armies are under the administration of the respective ministries of national defence .
The yearly contingent of recruits for the army is fixed by the military bills voted by the Austrian and Hungarian parliaments, and is generally determined on the basis of the population, according to the last
See also:census returns . It amounted in 1905 to 103,100 men, of which Austria furnished 59,211 men, and Hungary 43,889 . Besides 10,000 men are annually allotted to the Austrian Landwehr, and 12,500 to the Hungarian Honveds . The
See also:term of service is 2 years (3 years in the
See also:cavalry) with the
See also:colours, 7 or 8 in the reserve and 2 in the Landwehr; in the case of men not drafted to the active army the same total period of service is spent in various special reserves . For the military and administrative service of the army the Dual Monarchy is divided into 16 military territorial districts (15 of which correspond to the 15 army
See also:corps) and 108 supplementary districts (105 for the army, and 3 for the navy) . In 1902, since which year no material change was made in the formal organization of the army, there were 5 cavalry divisions and 31in- fantry divisions, formed in 15 army corps, which are located as follows:: I .
See also:Cracow, II . Vienna, III .
See also:Graz, IV . Budapest, V .
See also:burg, VI . Kaschau, VII .
See also:Temesvar, VIII .
See also:Prague, IX . Josefstadt, X .
See also:Przemysl, XI .
See also:Lemberg, XII . Herrmannstadt, XIII . Agram, there is the military district of
See also:Zara . The usual strength of the corps is, 2
See also:infantry divi- sions (4 brigades, 8 or 9 regiments, 32 or 36 battalions), 1 cavalry
See also:brigade (18 squadrons), and 1
See also:artillery brigade (16-18 batteries or 128-144
See also:field-guns), besides technical and departmental units and in some cases fortress artillery regiments . The infantry is organized into line regiments,
See also:Jager and Tirolese regi- ments, the cavalry into dragoons, lancers, Uhlans and hussars, the artillery into regi- ments . The Austrian Landwehr (which re- tains the old designation K.K., formerly Ministry of Foreign Affairs 421,167 Ministry of War 305,907 Ministry of Finance . 4,870
See also:Board of Control 18 The Customs 4,780,000 Proportional contributions . . 15,650,448 Total 20,762,410 Expenditure- Ministry of Foreign Affairs £485,480 Ministry of War: Army .
12,679,160 Navy . 2,306,100 Ministry of Finance 177,000 Board of Control 13,250 Extraordinary Military Expenditure 4,785,500 Extraordinary Military Expenditure in Bosnia 315,920 Total . . 420,762,410 Expenditure . 1875 . 1885 . 1895 . 1900 . 1905 . Ministry of Foreign Affairs 396 3'68.7 333 433'4 493'8 Ministry of War (Army and 9005.4 10,085 12,539 13,887.5 18,o87.7 Navy) Ministry of Finance 154.2 167.2 170.4 175 177.1 Supreme Court of Accounts . 10.5 io-6 10.7 12.5 13.3 Total 9566.1 10,631.5 13,053.1 14,508.4 20,430.3 Revenue . For the above Departments 432 258.2 260.7 260.3 331.9 Customs . . .
. 997.4 402.2 4476 5202.3 4799.7 Proportional Contributions . 8136.7 9971.1 8316.4 9045.8 15,650.4 Total 9566 . 1 10,631.5 13,053.1 14,508.4 _se 20,430.3 applied to the Austrian
See also:regular army) is organized in 8 divisions of varying strength, the " Royal Hungarian " Landwehr or Honveds in 7 divisions, both Austrian and Hungarian Landwehr having in addition cavalry (Uhlans and hussars) and artillery . It is probable that a Landwehr or Honveds division will, in war, form part of each army corps except in the case of the Vienna corps, which has 3 divisions in peace . The relnainingg men of military age (up to 42) as usual form the
See also:Landsturm . It is to be noted that this Land-'sturm comprises many men who would elsewhere be classed as Landwehr . The strength of the Austro-Hungarian army on a peace footing was as follows in 1905:-
See also:Officers . Men . Horses . Guns . Infantry- to,8oi 187,604 1,152 Common Army . . .
Austrian Landwehr . . 1,883 23,905 174 • • Hungarian Honveds 2,258 21,149 262 Cavalry- 1,890 45,486 40,740 • • Common Army . . Austrian Landwehr . 170 1,861 1,282 Hungarian Honveds 390 4,170 3,510 Field Artillery . . . 1,630 27,612 14,520 1048 Fortress Artillery . . . 408 7,722 131 Technical troops 588 9,935 19 (Pioneers, and Railway and 461 4,312 3,097 • •Telegraph Regiment) Transport Service . . Sanitary Service . 85 3,062 . . Total . . .
20,564 336,818 64,887 1048 Belonging to the 15,863 285,733 59,659 1048 Common Army . . . Austrian Landwehr . . 2,053 25,766 1,456 . . Hungarian Honveds 2,648 25,319 3,772 The troops stationed in Bosnia and Herzegovina in 1905 (376 officers and 6372 men) are included in the total for the common army . The peace strength of the active army in combatants is thus about 350,000 officers and men, inclusive of the two Landwehrs and of the Austrian " K.K."
See also:guards, the Hungarian crown guards, the
See also:gendarmerie, &c . The numbers of the Landsturm and the war strength of the whole armed forces are not published . It is estimated that the first line army in war would consist of 460,000 infantry, 49,000 cavalry, 78,000 artillery, 21,000
See also:engineers, &c., beside
See also:train and non-combatant soldiers . The Landwehr and Honved would yield 219,000 infantry and 18,000 cavalry, and other reserves 223,000 mien . These figures give an approximate total strength of 1,147,000, not inclusive of Landsturm . Fortifications.-The principal fortifications in Austria-Hungary are: Cracow and Przemysl in
See also:Komarom, the centre of the inland fortifications, Petervarad, 6-
See also:Arad and Temesvar in Hungary ; Serajewo,
See also:Mostar and Bilek in Bosnia-Herzegovina . The Alpine frontiers, especially those in
See also:Tirol, have numerous fortifications, whose centre is formed by Trent and Franzensfeste; while all the military roads leading into
See also:Carinthia have been provided with strong defensive
See also:works, as at Malborgeth, Predil Pass, &c .
The two capitals, Vienna and Budapest, are not fortified . On the Adriatic
See also:coast, the
See also:harbour of Pola is strongly fortified with sea and land defences; then come Trieste, and several places in Dalmatia, notably Zara and
See also:Cattaro . Navy.-The Austro-Hungarian navy is mainly a coast defence force, and includes also a flotilla of monitors for the Danube . It is administered by the naval department of the ministry of war . It consisted in 1905 of 9
See also:modern battleships, 3 armoured cruisers, 5 cruisers, 4
See also:torpedo gunboats, 20 destroyers and 26 torpedo boats . There was in
See also:hand at the same
See also:time a naval
See also:programme to build 12 armourclads, 5 second-class cruisers, 6 third-class cruisers, and a number of torpedo boats . The headquarters of the
See also:fleet are at Pola, which is the principal naval
See also:arsenal and harbour of Austria; while another great naval station is Trieste . Trade.-On the basis of the customs and commercial agreement between Austria and Hungary, concluded in 1867 and renewable every ten years, the following affairs, in addition to the common affairs of the monarchy, are in both states treated according to the same principles: Commercial affairs, including customs legislation; legislation on the duties closely connected with
See also:industrial production -on
See also:sugar and mineral oils; determination of legal
See also:tender and coinage, as also of the principles regulating the Austro-Hungarian
See also:Bank; ordinances in respect of such
See also:railways as affect the interests of both states . In conformity with the customs and commercial compact between the two states, renewed in 1899, the monarchy constitutes one identical customs and commercial territory, inclusive of Bosnia and Herzegovina and the principality of Liechtenstein . The foreign trade of the Austro-Hungarian monarchy is shown in the following table: Value in Millions Sterling . Articles . 1900 .
1901 . 1902 . 1903 . 1904 . Raw material (including 41.5 40.5 41.8 45.9 51.9 articles of
See also:food; raw material for agriculture and
See also:industry ; and
See also:mining 9.6 9.6 Io•3 io•6 10.8 and smelting products) Semi-manufactured goods . Manufactured goods . . . 19.5 18.7 19.5 21.6 22.5 Exports . Value in Millions Sterling . Articles . 1900 .. 1901 .
1902 . 1903 . 1904 . Raw material (as above) . 34'1 34.1 35'8 39 35.3 Semi-manufactured goods . 12.6 I 1.1 11.1 12.4 12.6 Manufactured goods . . . 34.2 33.3 32'8 37.2 38.3 The most importantplace of derivation and of destination for the Austro-Hungarian trade is the German empire with about 40 % of the imports, and about 6o % of the exports . Next in importance comes Great Britain, afterwards India, Italy, the
See also:United States of
See also:America, Russia, France, Switzerland, Rumania, the
See also:Balkan states and South America in about the
See also:order named . The principal articles of import are cotton and cotton goods, wool and woollen goods,
See also:silk and silk goods,
See also:tobacco and metals . The principal articles of export are
See also:wood, sugar, cattle,
See also:glass and glassware, iron and iron-
See also:ware, eggs, cereals, millinery,
See also:fancy goods, earthenware and pottery, and
See also:leather goods . The Austro-Hungarian Bank.-Common to the two states of the monarchy is the " Austro-Hungarian Bank," which possesses a legal exclusive right to the issue of bank-notes .
It was founded in 1816, and had the title of the Austrian National Bank until 1878, when it received its actual name . In virtue of the new bank
See also:statute of the year 1899 the bank is a joint-stock
See also:company, with. a stock of £8,780,000 . The bank's notes of issue must be covered to the extent of two-fifths by legal specie (gold and current
See also:silver) in reserve; the
See also:rest of the paper circulation, according to bank usage . The state, under certain conditions, takes a portion of the clear profits of the bank . The management of the bank and the supervision exercised over it by the state are established on a footing of equality, both states having each the same influence . The accounts of the bank at the end of 1900 were as follows: capital, £8,750,000; reserve fund, £428,250; note circulation, £62,251,000;
See also:cash, £50,754,000 . In 1907 the reserve fund was £548,041; note circulation, £84,501,000; cash,-s£bo,o36,625 . The
See also:charter of the bank, which expired in 1897, was renewed until the end of 1910 . In the Hungarian ministerial crisis of 1909 the question of the renewal of the charter played a conspicuous part, the more extreme members of the Independence party demanding the
See also:establishment of separate
See also:banks for Austria and Hungary with, at most, common superintendence (see
See also:History, below) . (O . BR.) HISTORY I . The ,Whole Monarchy .
The empire of Austria, as the official designation of the territories ruled by the Habsburg monarchy,
See also:dates back only to 1804, when Francis II., the last of the
See also:Holy Roman The title emperors, proclaimed himself emperor of Austria as Emperor Francis I . His
See also:motive in doing so was to guard °t against the great house of Habsburg being relegated arstrla.° to a position inferior to the parvenus Bonapartes, in the event of the final collapse of the Holy Roman Empire, or of the possible election of
See also:Napoleon as his own successor on the throne of Charlemagne . The title emperor of Austria, then, replaced that of " Imperator Romanorum
See also:Augustus " when the Holy Empire came to an end in 18o6 . From the first, however, it was no more than a title, which represented but
See also:ill the actual relation of the Habsburg sovereigns to their several states . Year . Imports . Exports . 1900 £70,666,000 £80,916,000 1901 68,833,000 78,541,000 1902 71,666,000 79,708,000 1903 78,200,000 88,600,000 1904 85,200,000 86,200,000 1905 89,430,000 93,500,000
See also:min The
See also:foil g tables give the foreign trade of the Austro-H ungarian monarchy as regards raw material and manufactured goods: Imports .
See also:Magyars and Slays never willingly recognized a
See also:style which ignored their national rights and implied the superiority of the German elements of the monarchy; to the Germans it was a poor substitute for a title which had represented the political unity of the German
See also:race under the Holy Empire . For long after the Vienna Congress of 1814—1815 the "Kaiser "as such exercised a powerful influence over the imaginations of the German
See also:people outside the Habsburg dominions; but this was because the title was still surrounded with its
See also:halo and the essential change was not at once recognized . The outcome of the long struggle with Prussia, which in 1866 finally broke the spell, and the proclamation of the German empire in 1871 left the title of emperor of Austria stripped of everything but a purely territorial significance . It had, moreover, by the compact with Hungary of 1867, ceased even fully to represent the relation of the emperor to all his dominions; and the title which had been devised to cover the whole of the Habsburg monarchy sank into the official style of the sovereign of but a
See also:half; while even within the Austrian empire proper it is resented by those peoples which, like the Bohemians, wish to obtain the same recognition of their national independence as was conceded to Hungary .
In placing the account of the origin and development of the Habsburg monarchy under this heading, it is merely for the
See also:sake of convenience . The first nucleus
See also:round which the present dominions of the house of Austria gradually accumulated was the mark which
See also:lay along the south bank of the Danube, east of the
See also:river origin of Enns, founded about A.D . 800 as a defence for the the name Austria . Frankish
See also:kingdom against the Slays . Although its total length from east to west was only about 6o m., it was associated in the popular mind with a large and almost unbroken
See also:tract of land in the east of Europe . This fact, together with the position of the mark with regard'to Germany in general and to Bavaria in particular, accounts for the name Osterreich (Austria), i.e. east empire or
See also:realm, a word first used in a charter of 996, where the phrase in regione vulgari nomine Ostarriclti occurs . The development of this small mark into the Austro-Hungarian• monarchy was a slow and gradual
See also:process, and falls into two
See also:main divisions, which almost coincide with the periods during which the dynasties of
See also:Babenberg and Habsburg have respectively ruled the land . The energies of the house of Babenberg were chiefly spent in enlarging the area and strengthening the position of the mark itself, and when this was done the house of Habsburg set itself with remarkable perseverance and marvellous success to extend its
See also:rule over neighbouring territories . The many vicissitudes which have attended this development have not, however, altered the
See also:European position of Austria, which has remained the same for over a thousand years .
See also:sentinel over the valley of the
See also:middle Danube, and barring the advance of the Slays on Germany, Austria, whether mark, duchy or empire, has always been the
See also:meeting-place of the Teuton and the Slay . It is this fact which gives it a unique
See also:interest and importance in the history of Europe, and which unites the ideas of the Germans to-
See also:day with those of Charlemagne and
See also:Otto the Great . The southern part of the country now called Austria was inhabited before the opening of the Christian era by the Taurisci, Early in- a
See also:Celtic tribe, who were subsequently called the Norici, habitants. and who were conquered by the Romans about 14 B.C .
Their land was afterwards included in the provinces of
See also:Pannonia and
See also:Noricum, and under Roman rule, Vindobona, the modern Vienna, became a place of some importance . The part of the country north of the Danube was peopled by the Marcomanni and the Quadi, and both of these tribes were fre- quently at war with the Romans, especially during the reign of the emperor
See also:Marcus Aurelius, who died at Vindobona in A.D . 180 when campaigning against them .
See also:Christianity and
See also:civilization obtained entrance into the land, but the increasing weakness of the Roman empire opened the country to the inroads of the barbarians, and during the period of the great migrations it was ravaged in
See also:quick succession by a number of these tribes, prominent among whom were the
See also:Huns . The lands on both banks of the river shared the same
See also:fate, due probably to the fact to which Gibbon has
See also:attention, that at this period the Danube was frequently frozen over . About 590 the district was settled by the
See also:Slovenes, or Corutanes, a
See also:Slavonic people, who formed part of the kingdom of Samo, and were afterwards included in the extensive kingdom of the
See also:Avars . The Franks claimed some authority over this people, and probably some of the princes of the Slovenes had recognized this claim, but it could not be regarded as serious while the Avars were in possession of the land . In 791 Charlemagne, after he had established his authority over the Bajuvarii or Bavarians, crossed the river Enns, and moved against the Avars . This attack was followed by
See also:campaigns on the part of his lieutenants, and in'8o5 the Avars were finally subdued, and their land incorporated with the Frankish empire . This step brought the later Austria definitely under the rule of the Franks, and during the struggle Establish . Charlemagne erected a mark, called the East Mark,
See also:meat of to defend the eastern herder of his empire . A series of the East margraves ruled this small district from 799 to 907, Mark. but as the Frankish empire
See also:grew weaker, the mark suffered more and more from the ravages of its eastern neighbours .
During the 9thcentury the Frankish supremacy vanished, and the mark was overrun by the Moravians, and then by the Magyars, or Hungarians, who destroyed the few remaining traces of Frankish influence . A new era dawned after Otto the Great was elected German king in 936, and it is Otto rather than Charlemagne who must be regarded as the real founder of Austria . In
See also:August 955 he gained a great victory over the Magyars on the The house Lechfeld, freed Bavaria from their presence, and re- bey ba founded the East Mark for the defence of his kingdom . In 976 his son, the emperor Otto II., entrusted the government of this mark, soon to be known as Austria, to
See also:Leopold, a member of the
See also:family of Babenberg (q.v.), and its administration was conducted with vigour and success . Leopold and his descendants ruled Austria until the extinction of the family in 1246, and by their skill and foresight raised the mark to an important place among the German states . Their first care was to push its eastern frontier down the Danube valley, by colonizing the lands on either, side of the river, and the success of this
See also:work may be seen in the removal of their capital from Pochlarn to Melk, then to Tulin, and finally about 1140 to Vienna . The country as far as the Leitha was subsequently incorporated with Austria, and in the other direction the district between the Enns and the Inn was added. to the mark in 1156, an important date in Duchy of Austrian history . Anxious to restore peace to Germany Austria in this year, the new king,
See also:Frederick I., raised Austria created, to the
See also:rank of a duchy, and conferred upon it ex- 1156• ceptional privileges . The
See also:investiture was bestowed not only upon Duke
See also:Henry but upon his second wife, Theodora; in case of a failure' of male heirs the duchy was to descend to
See also:females; and if the duke had no
See also:children he could nominate his successor . Controlling all the jurisdiction of the land, the duke's only duties towards the Empire were to appear at any diet held in Bavaria, and to send a contingent to the imperial army for any campaigns in the countries bordering upon Austria . In 1186 Duke Leopold I. made a treaty with Ottakar IV., duke of Styria, an arrangement which brought Styria and upper Austria to the Babenbergs in 1192, and in 1229 Duke Leopold II.
See also:purchased some lands from the bishop of
See also:Freising, and took the title of
See also:lord of
See also:Carniola . When the house of Babenberg became
See also:extinct in 1246, Austria, stretching from
See also:Passau almost to Pressburg, had the frontiers which it retains to-day, and this increase of territory had been accompanied by a corresponding increase in wealth and general prosperity .
Thechief reason for this prosperity was the growth of trade along the Danube, which stimulated the foundation, or the growth, of towns, and brought considerable riches to the ruler . Under the later Babenbergs Vienna was regarded as one of the most important of German cities, and it was computed that the duke was as rich as the archbishop of Cologne, or the
See also:margrave of
See also:Brandenburg, and was surpassed in this respect by only one German
See also:prince, the king of Bohemia . The interests of the Austrian margraves and dukes were not confined to the acquisition of wealth 'either in land or chattels . Vienna became a centre of culture and learning, and many religious houses were founded' and endowed . The
See also:acme of the early prosperity of Austria was reached Luxe Leopoldo under Duke Leopold II., surnamed the Glorious, who reigned from 1194 to 1230 . He gave a
See also:code of municipal
See also:law to Vienna, and rights to other towns, welcomed the Minnesingers to his brilliant court, and left to his subjects an enduring memory of valour and wisdom . Leopold and his predecessors were enabled, owing to the special position of Austria, to
See also:act practically as independent rulers . Cherishing the
See also:privilege of 1156, they made treaties with foreign
See also:kings, and arranged marriages with the great families of Europe . With ful control of jurisdiction and. of commerce, no great bishopric nor imperial city impeded the course of their authority, and the emperor interfered only to settle boundary disputes . The main lines of Austrian policy under the Babenbergs were warfare with the Hungarians and other eastern neighbours, and a general attitude of
See also:loyalty towards the emperors . The
See also:story of the Hungarian
See also:wars is a monotonous record of forays, of assistance given at times to the Babenbergs by the forces of the Empire, and. ending in the gradual eastward advance of Austria . The traditional loyalty to the emperors, which was cemented by several marriages between the imperial house and the Babenbergs, was, however, departed from by the margrave Leopold II., and by Duke Frederick II .
During the investiture struggle Leopold deserted the emperor Henry IV., who deprived him of Austria and conferred it upon Vratislav II., duke of the Bohemians . Unable to maintain his position, Vratislav was soon driven out, and in 1o83 Leopold again obtained possession of the mark, and was soon reconciled with Henry . Very similar Duke was the result of the conflict between the emperor Frederick Frederick II. and Duke Frederick II . Ignoring the t., the privilege of 1156, the emperor claimed certain rights
See also:Quail' in Austria, and summoned the duke to his
See also:Italian diets . some . Frederick, who was called the Quarrelsome, had irritated both his neighbours and his subjects, and complaints of his exactions and confiscations reached the ears of the emperor . After the duke had three times refused to appear before the princes, Frederick placed him under the
See also:ban, declared the duchies of Austria and Styria to be vacant, and, aided by the king of Bohemia, the duke of Bavaria and other princes, invaded the country in 1236 . He met with very slight opposition, declared the duchies to be immediately dependent upon the Empire, made Vienna an imperial city, and imposed other changes upon End of the the constitution of Austria . After his departure; house of however, the duke returned, and in 1239 was in Habeas possession of his former power, while the changes made
See also:berg. by the emperor were ignored . Continuing his career of violence and oppression, Duke Frederick was killed in
See also:battle by the Hungarians in
See also:June 1246, when the family of Babenberg became extinct . The duchies of Austria and Styria were now claimed by the emperor Frederick II. as vacant fiefs of the Empire, and their Dispute as government was entrusted to Otto II., duke of Bavaria. to the Frederick, however, who was in Italy, harassed and Austrian afflicted, could do little to assert the imperial authority, "cc"- and his enemy,
See also:Pope Innocent IV., bestowed the two slO°' duchies upon Hermann VI., margrave of Baden, whose wife, Gertrude, was a niece of the last of the Babenbergs . Hermann was invested by the German king,
See also:William, count of
See also:Holland, but he was unable to establish his position, and law and order were quickly disappearing from the duchies .
The deaths of Hermann and of the emperor in 125o, however, paved the way for asettlement . Weary of struggle and disorder, and despairing of any help from the central authority, the estates of Austria met at Trtibensee in 1251, and
See also:chose Ottakar, son of
See also:Wenceslaus I., king of Bohemia, as their duke . This step was favoured by the pope, and Ottakar, eagerly accepting the offer, strengthened his position by marrying
See also:Margaret, a
See also:sister of Duke Frederick.II., and in return for his investiture promised his assistance to William of Holland . Styria appears at this time to have shared the fortunes of Austria, but it was claimed by Bela IV., king of Hungary, who conquered the land, and made a treaty with Ottakar in 1254 which otta"r,of °hemla, confirmed him in its possession . The Hungarian B~~ rule was soon resented by the Styrians, and Ottakar, who had become king of Bohemia in 1253, took
See also:advantage of this resentment, and interfered in the affairs of the duchy . A war with Hungary was the result, but on this occasion victory rested with Ottakar, and by a treaty made with Bela, in
See also:March 1261, he was recognized as duke of Styria . In 1269 Ottakar inherited the duchy of Carinthia on the
See also:death of Duke
See also:Ulrich III., and, his power having now become very great, he began to aspire to the German throne . He did something to improve the
See also:condition of the duchies by restoring order, introducing German colonists into the eastern districts, and seeking to benefit the inhabitants of the towns . In 1273 Rudolph, count of Habsburg, became German king, and his attention soon turned to Ottakar, whose power menaced the occupant of the German throne . Finding some support in Austria, Rudolph questioned the title of the Bohemian king to the three duchies, and sought to recover the imperial lands which had been in the possession of the emperor Frederick II . Ottakar was summoned twice before the diet, the imperial court declared against him, and in July 1275 he was placed under the ban . War was the result, and in November 1276 Ottakar submitted to Rudolph, and renounced the duchies of Austria, Styria and Carinthia .
For some time the three duchies were administered by Rudolph in his capacity as head of the Empire, of which they formed part . Not content with this tie, however, which was personal to himself alone, the king planned to make them hereditary possessions of his family, and totransfer the headquarters of the Habsburgs from the Rhine to the Danube . Some opposition was offered to this
See also:scheme; but the perseverance of the king overcame all difficulties, and one of the most important events in European history took place on the 27th of
See also:December The Amu . 1282, when Rudolph invested his sons, Rudolph
See also:anti burgs
See also:Albert, with the duchies of Austria and Styria . He estabretained Carinthia in his own hands until 1286, when, fished la in return for valuable services, he bestowed it upon A/282 . '716a' Meinhard IV., count of Tirol . The younger Rudolph took no part in the government of Austria and Styria, which was undertaken by Albert, until his election as German king in 1298 . Albert appears to have been rather an arbitrary ruler . In 1288 he suppressed a rising of the people of Vienna, and he made the fullest use of the ducal power in asserting his real or supposed rights . At this time the principle of primogeniture was unknown in the house of Habsburg, and for many years the duchies were ruled in common by two, or even three, members of the family . After Albert became German king, his two elder sons, Rudolph and Frederick, were successively associated with him in the government, and after his death in 13o8, his four younger sons shared at one time or another in the administration of Austria and Styria . In 1314 Albert's son, Frederick, was chosen German king in opposition to
See also:Louis IV., duke of Upper Bavaria, after-wards the emperor Louis IV., and Austria was weakened by the efforts of the Habsburgs to sustain Frederick in his contest with Louis, and also by the struggle carried on between another
See also:brother, Leopold, and the Swiss .
' A series of deaths among the Habsburgs during the first half of the 14th century left Duke Albert II. and his four sons as the only representatives of the family . Albert ruled the duchies alone from 1344 to 1356, and after this date his sons began to take part in the government . The most noteworthy of these was Duke Rudolph IV., a son-in-law of the emperor Charles IV., who showed Duke his interest in learning byfounding the university of Rtudotph Vienna in 1365 . Rudolph's chief aim was to make Austria into an independent state, and he forged a series of privileges the purport of which was to
See also:free the duchy from all its duties towards the Empire . A.
See also:sharp contest with the emperor followed this proceeding, and the Austrian duke, annoyed that Rudolph of Habsburg . Austria was not raised to the dignity of an electorate by the
See also:Golden Bull of 1356, did not shrink from a contest with Charles . In 1361, however, he abandoned his pretensions, but claimed the title of archduke (q.v.) and in 1364 declared that the possessions of the Habsburgs were indivisible . Meanwhile the acquisition of neighbouring territories had been steadily pressed on . In 1335 the duchy of Carinthia, and a part of Carniola, were inherited by Dukes Albert II. and Otto, and in 1363 Rudolph IV. obtained the
See also:county of Tirol . In 1364 Carniola was made into an hereditary duchy; in 1374 part of
See also:Istria came under the rule of the Habsburgs; in 1382 Trieste submitted voluntarily to Austria, and at various times during the century, other smaller districts were added to the lands of the Habsburgs . Rudolph IV. died childless in 1365, and in 1379 his two remaining
See also:brothers, Leopold III. and Albert III., made a division of their lands, by which Albert retained Austria proper and Carniola, and Leopold got Styria, Carinthia and Tirol . Leopold was killed in 1386 at the battle of
See also:Sempach, and Albert became
See also:guardian for his four nephews, who subsequently ruled their lands in common .
See also:senior line which ruled in Austria was represented after the death of Duke Albert III. in 1395 by his son, Duke Albert IV., and then by his
See also:grandson, Duke Albert V., who became German king as Albert II. in 1438 . Albert married
See also:Elizabeth, daughter of
See also:Sigismund, king of Hungary and Bohemia, and on the death of his
See also:father-in-law assumed these two crowns . He died in 1439, and just after his death a son was
See also:born to him, who was called
See also:Ladislaus Minor)ty posthumus, and succeeded to the duchy of Austria and aws. s- laus to the kingdoms of Hungary and Bohemia . William T . and Leopold, the two eldest sons of Duke Leopold III., and, with their younger brothers Ernest and Frederick, the joint rulers of Styria, Carinthia and Tirol, died early in the 15th century, and in 14o6 Ernest and Frederick made a division of their lands . Ernest became duke of Styria and Carinthia, and Frederick, count of Tirol . Ernest was succeeded in 1424 by his sons, Frederick and Albert, and Frederick in 1439 by his son, Sigismund, and these three princes were reigning when King Albert II. died in 1439 . Frederick, who succeeded Albert as German king, and was soon crowned emperor as Frederick III., acted as guardian for Sigismund of Tirol, who was a minor, and Regency also became
See also:regent of Austria in consequence of the or the
See also:infancy of Ladislaus . His rule was a period of struggle emperor and disorder, owing partly to the feebleness of his own Frederick character, partly to the wish of his brother, Albert, to ur.
See also:share his dignities . The Tirolese soon grew weary of his government, and, in 1446, Sigismund was declared of age . The estates of Austria were equally discontented and headed an open revolt, the
See also:object of which was to remove Ladislaus from Frederick's charge and deprive the latter of the regency . The leading spirit in this
See also:movement was Ulrich Eiczing (Eitzing or von Eiczinger, d. before 1463), a low-born adventurer, ennobled by Albert II., in whose service he had accumulated vast wealth and power .
In 1451 he organized an armed
See also:league, and in December, with the aid of the populace, made himself
See also:master of Vienna, whither he had summoned the estates . In March 1452 he was joined by Count Ulrich of Cilli, while the Hungarians and the powerful party of the great house of Rosenberg in Bohemia attached themselves to the league . Frederick, who had hurried back from Italy, was besieged in August in the Vienna
See also:Neustadt, and was forced to deliver Ladislaus to Count Ulrich, whose influence had meanwhile eclipsed that of Eiczing . Ladislaus now ruled nominally himself, under the tutelage of Count Ulrich . The country was, however, distracted by quarrels between the party of the high aristocracy, which recognized the count of Cilli as its chief, and that of the lesser nobles, citizens and populace, who followed Eiczing . In
See also:September 1453 the latter, by a successful emeute, succeeded in ousting Count Ulrich, and remained in power till February 1455, when the count once more entered Vienna in
See also:triumph . Ulrich of Cilli was killed before Belgrade in November 1456; a year later Ladislaus himself died (November 1457) . Meanwhile Styria and Carinthia were equally unfortunate under the rule of Frederick and Albert; and the death of Ladislaus led to still further complications . Austria, which had been solemnly created an Austria archduchy by. the emperor Frederick in 1453, was created_ claimed by the three remaining Habsburg princes, and an `arbhlower Austria was secured by Frederick, while Albert duchy.` ` obtained upper Austria: Both princes were unpopular, and in 1462 Frederick was attacked by the inhabitants of Vienna; and was forced to surrender lower Austria to Albert, whose spend+
See also:thrift habits soon made his :rule disliked . A further. struggle between the brothers was prevented by Albert's death in r463, when the estates did homage to Frederick . The emperor was soon again at issue with the Austrian nobles, and was ; attacked by Matthias .
See also:Corvinus, king of Hungary, ~Atl$Q~st 8° c who drove him from Vienna in 1485 .
See also:ham- ofaonquensirla. pered by the inroads of the
See also:Turks, Matthias pressed - on, and by 1487 was firmly in possession of Austria, Styria' and Carinthia, which seemed quite lost to the Habsburgs . The decline in the fortunes of the family, however, was to be arrested by Frederick's son, Maximilian, afterwards the emperor Maximilian I., who was the second founder The of the greatness of the house of Habsburg . Like his emperor ancestor, Rudolph, he had to conquer the lands over maxi-which his descendants were destined to rule, and by 'Ma" arranging a treaty of succession to the kingdoms of Hungary and Bohemia, he pointed the way to power and empire in. eastern Europe . Soon after his election as king of the Romans in 1486, Maximilian attacked the Hungarians, and in 1490 he. had driven them from Austria, and recovered his hereditary lands . In the same year he made an arrangement with his kinsman; Sigismund of Tirol, by which he brought this county under his rule, and when the emperor Frederick died in 1493, Maximilian united the whole of the Austrian lands under his sway . Continuing his acquisitions of territory, he inherited the possessions of the
See also:counts of Gorz in 150o, added some districts to Tirol by intervening in a succession war in Bavaria, and acquired
See also:Gradisca in 1512 as the result of a struggle with Venice . He did much for the better government of the Austrian duchies . Bodies were established for executive,
See also:financial and judicial purposes, the Austrian lands constituted one of the imperial circles which were established, in 1512, and in 1518 representatives of the various diets (Landtage) met at
See also:Innsbruck, a proceeding, which marks the beginning of an organic unity in the Austrian lands . In these ways Maximilian proved himself a capable and energetic ruler, although his plans for making Austria into a kingdom, or an electorate, were abortive . At the close of the middle ages the area of Austria had in-creased to nearly 50,000 sq. m., but its
See also:internal condition does not appear to have improved in proportion to this Austria at increase in
See also:size . The rulers of Austria lacked the the close
See also:prestige which attached to the electoral office, and, oft$e although five of them had held the position of German middle king, the four who preceded Maximilian had added ages. little or nothing to the power and dignity of this position . The ecclesiastical organization of Austria was imperfect, so long as there was no archbishopric within its borders, and its
See also:clergy owed
See also:allegiance to foreign prelates .
The work of unification which was so successfully accomplished by Maximilian was aided by two events, the progress of the Turks in south-eastern Europe, and the loss of most of the Habsburg possessions on the Rhine . The first tended to draw the separate states together for purposes of defence, and the second turned the attention of the Habsburgs to the possibilities_ of expansion in eastern Europe . (A . W . H.*) At the time of the, death of the emperor . Maximilian in r519 the Habsburg dominions in eastern Germany included the duchies of Upper and Lower Austria, Styria, Carinthia, Austria Carniola and the county of Tirol . Maximilian was under succeeded as archduke of Austria as well as emperor by chartes. v.. his grandson Charles ofSpain, known in history as the
See also:Ana Ferdiemperor Charles V . To his brother
See also:Ferdinand Charles "H°a resigned all his Austrian lands, including his claims on Bohemia Popular revolt under Ulrich Elczing and Count Ulrich of CIA and Hungary . Austria and Spain were thus divided, and, in spite of the efforts of the archduke Charles in the
See also:Spanish Succession War, were never again united, for at the battle of
See also:Mohacs, on the 28th of August 1526,
See also:Suleiman the Iblagnificent defeated and killed Louis, king of Bohemia and of Hungary, whose sister Anne had married Ferdinand . By this victory the Turks conquered and retained, till the peace of Karlowitz in 1699, the greater part of Hungary . During most of his
See also:life Ferdinand was engaged in combating the Turks and in attempting to secure Hungary . In Jahn Zapolya, who was supported by Suleiman, Ferdinand found an active
See also:rival .
The Turks besieged Vienna in 1530 and made several invasions of Hungary and Austria . At length Ferdinand agreed to pay Suleiman an annualtribute for the small portion—about 12,228 sq. m.—of Hungary which he held . During Charles V.'s struggles with the German Protestants, Ferdinand preserved a neutral attitude, which contributed to gain Germany a
See also:short period of internal peace . Though Ferdi- nand himself did not take a leading part in German religious or foreign politics, the period was one of intense interest to Austria . Throughout the years from 1519 tO 1648 there are, said Stubbs, two distinct ideas in progress which " may be regarded as giving a unity to the whole period .... The Reformation is one, the claims of the House of Austria is the other." Austria did not benefit from the reign of Charles V . The emperor was too much absorbed in the affairs of the rest of his vast dominions, charier v. notably those of the Empire'
See also:rent in two by religious and Austria. differences and the secular ambitions for which those were the excuse, to give any effective attention to its needs . The peace of Augsburg, 1555, which recognized a dualism within the Empire in religion as in politics, marked the failure of his plan of union (See CHARLES V.; GERMANY;
See also:MAURICE OF SAXONY) ; and meanwhile he had been able to accomplish nothing to
See also:rescue Hungary from the
See also:Turkish yoke . It was left for his brother Ferdinand, a ruler of consummate wisdom (1556-1564) "to establish the modern Habsburg-Austrian empire with its exclusive territorial interests, its administrative experiments, its intricacies of religion and of race." Before his death Ferdinand divided the
See also:inheritance of the German Habsburgs between his three sons . Austria proper was left to his eldest son Maximilian, Tirol to the archduke Ferdinand; and Styria with Carinthia and Carniola to the archduke Charles . Under the emperor Maximilian II . (1564-1576), who was also king of Bohemia and Hungary, a liberal policy preserved peace, but he was unable to free his government from its humiliating position of a tributary to the Turk, and he could do nothing to found religious liberty within his dominions on a permanent basis .
The whole of Austria and nearly the whole of Styria were mainly Lutheran; in Bohemia,
See also:Silesia and Moravia, various forms of Christian belief struggled for mastery; and Catholicism was almost confined to the mountains of Tirol . The The accession of Rudolph IL1 (1576-1612), a fanatical reign of Spanish Catholic, changed the situation entirely . Rudolph Under him the
See also:Jesuits were encouraged to press on IL the
See also:counter-Reformation . In the early part of his reign there was hardly any government at all . In Bohemia a state of semi-independence existed, while Hungary preferred the Turk to the emperor . In both kingdoms Rudolph had failed to assert his sovereign power except in fitful attempts to extirpate
See also:heresy . With anarchy prevalent within the Austrian dominions some
See also:action became necessary . Accordingly in 16o6 The the archdukes made a compact agreeing to acknowledge fans& the archduke Matthias as head of the family . This compact, arrangement proved far from successful . Matthias, 1606' who was emperor from 1612 to 1619, proved unable to restore order, and when he died Bohemia was practically independent . His successor Ferdinand II . (1619-1637) was strong of will; and resolved to win back Germany to the Catholic faith .
As archduke of Styria he had crushed out Protestantism in that duchy, and having been elected king of Bohemia in 1618 1 Rudolph V. as archduke of Austria, II. as emperor . was resolved to establish there the rule of the Jesuits . Hisattempt to do so led to the outbreak of the Thirty Years' War (see BOHEMIA; THIRTY YEARS' WAR) . Till 163o the The fortunes of Austria brightened under the active rule years'Thlr(y of Ferdinand, who was assisted by Maximilian of Wan Bavaria and the Catholic League, and by Wallenstein . The
See also:Palatinate was conquered, the Danish king was overthrown, and it seemed that Austria would establish its predominance over the whole of Germany, and that the Baltic would become an Austrian lake . The fortunes of Austria never seemed brighter than in 1628 when Wallenstein began the
See also:siege of
See also:Stralsund . His failure, followed by the arrival of Gustavus
See also:Adolphus in Germany in 163o, proved the death
See also:blow of Austrian hopes . In 1632 Gustavus Adolphus was killed, in 1634 Wallenstein was assassinated, and in 1635 France entered into the war . The Thirty Years' War now ceased to be a religious struggle The between Catholicism and Protestantism; it resolved
See also:Swedish itself into a return to the old political strife between and French France and the Habsburgs . Till 1648 the Bourbontternti-on and Habsburg powers continued the war; and at the ve . peace of Westphalia Austria suffered severe losses . Ferdinand III .
(1637-1657) was forced to yield
See also:Alsace to France, to
See also:grant territorial supremacy, including the right of making The peace alliances, to the states of the Empire, and to acknow- of west-ledge the concurrent jurisdiction of the imperial l 4 n.% chamber and the Aulic council . The disintegration of the Holy Roman Empire was now practically accomplished, and though the possession of the imperial dignity continued to give the rulers of Austria prestige, the Habsburgs henceforward devoted `themselves to their Austrian interests rather than to those of the Empire . In 1657 Leopold I., who had already ruled the Austrian dominions for two years, succeeded his father Ferdinand and was crowned emperor in the following year . His long Leopold'. reign of 48 years was of great importance for Austria, as determining both the internal character and the
See also:external policy of the monarchy . The long struggle with France to which the ambitions of Louis XIV. gave rise, and which culminated in the War of Spanish Succession, belongs less to the history of Austria proper than to that of Germany and of Europe . Of more importance to Austria itself was the war with Sweden (1657-6o) which resulted in the peace of
See also:Oliva, by which the independence of Poland was secured and the frontier of Hungary safeguarded, and the campaigns against the Turks (1662-64 and 1683-99), by which the
See also:Ottoman power was driven from Hungary, and the Austrian attitude towards Turkey and the Slav peoples of the Balkans determined for a century to come . The first war, due to Ottoman aggression in Transylvania, ended with Montecuculi's victory over the
See also:vizier at w Ake with St Gothard on the Raab on the 1st of August 1664 . The general political situation prevented Leopold from taking full advantage of this, and the peace of Vasvar (August ro) left the Turks in,possession of Nagyvarad (Grosswardein) and the fortress of Ersekujvar (Neuhausel), Transylvania being recognized as an independent principality . The next Turkish war was the direct outcome of Leopold's policy in Hungary, where the persecution of the Protestants and the suppression of the constitution in 1658, led to a widespread
See also:conspiracy . This was mercilessly suppressed; and though after a period of arbitrary government (1672-1679), the palatinate and the constitution, with certain concessions to the Protestants, were restored, the discontent continued . In 1683, invited by Hungarian malcontents and spurred on by Louis XIV., the Turks burst into Hungary, overran the country and appeared before the walls of Vienna . The victory of the 12th of September, gained over the Turks by
See also:John Sobieski (see JOHN III .
SOMESKI, KING of POLAND) not only saved the Austrian capital, but was the first of a series of successes which drove the Turks permanently beyond the Danube, and established the power of Austria in the East . The victories of Charles of Lorraine at Parkany (1683) andEsztergom (Gran) (1685) were followed by the capture of Budapest (1686) and the defeat of the Ottomans at Mohacs and its results . The policy of Ferdinand and Maximilian IL Mohacs (1688) . In 1688 the elector took Belgrade; in 16gr Louis William I. of Baden.won the battle of Slankamen, and on the r rth of September 1697 Prince
See also:Eugene gained the crowning victory of
See also:Zenta . This was followed, on the 26th of
See also:January 1699, by the peace of Karlowitz, by which Slavonia, Transylvania and all Hungary, except the
See also:banat of Temesvar, were ceded to the Austrian crown . Leopold had wisely decided to initiate a conciliatory policy in Hungary . At the diet of Pressburg (1687—1688) the Hungarian crown. had been made hereditary in the house of Habsburg, and the crown prince Joseph had been crowned hereditary king of Hungary (q.v.) . In 1697 Transylvania was united to the Hungarian monarchy . A further fact of great prospective importance was the immigration, after an abortive rising against the Turks, of some 30,000 Slav and Albanian families into Slavonia and southern Hungary, where they were granted by the emperor Leopold a certain autonomy and the recognition of the Orthodox religion . By the
See also:conquest of Hungary and Transylvania Leopold completed the edifice of the Austrian monarchy, of which the
See also:foundations had been laid by Ferdinand I. in 1526 . He had also done much for its internal consolidation . By the death of the archduke Sigismund in 1665 he not only gained Tirol, but a considerable sum of money, which he used to buy back the Silesian principalities of
See also:Oppeln and
See also:Ratibor, pledged by Ferdinand III. to the Poles .
In the administration of his dominions, too, Leopold succeeded in strengthening the authority of the central government . The old estates, indeed, survived; but the emperor kept the effective power in his own hands, and to his reign are traceable the first beginnings of that system of centralized bureaucracy which was established under Maria
See also:Theresa and survived, for better or for worse, till the revolution of 1848 . It was under Leopold, also, that the Austrian standing army was established in spite of much opposition; the regiments raised in 1672 were never disbanded . For the intellectual life of the country Leopold did much . In spite of his intolerant attitude towards religious dissent, he proved himself an en-lightened
See also:patron of learning . He helped in the establishment of the
See also:universities of Innsbruck and Olmiitz; and under his auspices, after the defeat of the Turks in 1683, Vienna began to develop from a mere frontier fortress into one of the most brilliant capitals of Europe . (See LEOPOLD I.) Leopold died in 1705 during the war of Spanish Succession (1702-13), which he left as an evil inheritance to his sons Joseph I. war of (d . 1711) and Charles VI . The result of the war was Spanish a further aggrandizement of the house of Austria; sacces- but not to the extent that had been hoped . Apart skin. from the fact that
See also:British andAustrian troops had been unable to deprive
See also:Philip V. of his throne, it was from the point of view of Europe at large by no means desirable that Charles VI. should succeed in reviving the empire of .Charles V . By the treaty of Utrecht, accordingly, Spain was left to the House of Bourbon, while that of Austria received the Spanish
See also:Sardinia and Naples . The treaty of Karlowitz, and the settlement of 1713-1714, marked a new starting-point in the history of Austria .
The efforts of Turkey to regain her ascendancy in eastern Austria from 1715 Europe at the expense of the Habsburgs had ended to 1740. in failure, and henceforward Turkish efforts were confined to resisting the steady development of Austria in the direction ofConstantinople . The treaties of Utrecht, Rastadt and Baden had also re-established and strengthened the position of the Austrian monarchy in western Europe . The days of French invasions of Germany had for the time ceased, and revenge for the attacks made by Louis XIV. was found in the establishment of Austrian supremacy in Italy and in the substitution of Austrian for Spanish domination in the Nether-lands . The situation, though apparently favourable, was full of difficulty, and only a statesman of uncommon dexterity could have guided Austria with success through the ensuing years . Composed of a congeries of nationalities which included Czechs, Magyars, Ruthenes, Rumanians, Germans, Italians, Flemings and other races, and with territories separated by many
See also:miles, the Habsburg dominions required from their ruler
See also:patience, tolerance, administrative skill and a full knowledge of the currents of European
See also:diplomacy . Charles VI. possessed none of these qualities; and when he died in 1740, the weakness of the scattered Habsburg empire rendered it an object of the cupidity of the
See also:continental powers . Yet, though the War of Spanish Succession had proved a heavy drain on the resources of the hereditary dominions of the Austrian crown, Charles VI. had done much to compensate for this by the successes of his arms in eastern Europe . In 1716, in
See also:alliance with Venice, he declared war on the Turks; Eugene's victory at Peterwardein involved the conquest of the banat of Temesvar, and was followed in 1717 by the capture of Belgrade . By the treaty signed at Passarowitz on the 21st of July 1718, the banat, which rounded off Hungary and Belgrade, with the northern districts of Servia, were annexed to the Habsburg monarchy . Important as these gains were, the treaty none the less once more illustrated the perpetual sacrifice of the true interests of the hereditary dominions of the house of Habsburg to its European entanglements . Had the war continued, Austria would undoubtedly have extended her conquests down the Danube . But Charles was anxious about Italy, then in danger from Spain, which under
See also:Alberoni's guidance had occupied Sardinia and
See also:Sicily .
On the 2nd of August 1718, accordingly, Charles joined the Triple Alliance, henceforth the Quadruple Alliance . Thecoercion of Spain resulted in a peace by which Charles obtained Sicily in
See also:exchange for Sardinia . The shifting of the
See also:balance of power that followed belongs to the history of Europe (q.v.) ; for Austria the only important outcome was that in 1731 Charles found himself isolated . Being without a son, he was now anxious to secure the throne for his daughter Maria Theresa, in accordance with the Pragmatic The Pragmatic Sanction of the 19th of April 1713, in which he had sanction . pronounced the indivisibility of the monarchy, and had settled the succession on his daughter, in default of a male
See also:heir . It now became his object to secure the adhesion of the powers to this instrument . In 1731 Great Britain and Holland agreed to respect it, in return for the cession of
See also:Piacenza and
See also:Guastalla to Don
See also:Carlos; but the hostility of the Bourbon powers continued, resulting in 1733 in the War of
See also:Polish Succession, the outcome of which was the acquisition of Lorraine by France, and of Naples, Sicily and the Tuscan ports by Don Carlos, while the power of the Habsburg monarchy in northern Italy was strengthened by the acquisition of Parma, Piacenza and Guastalla . At the same time Spain and Sardinia adhered to the Pragmatic Sanction . Francis, the dispossessed duke of Lorraine, was to be compensated with Tuscany . On the nth of February 1736 he was married to the archduchess Maria Theresa, and on the rlth of May following he signed the formal act ceding Lorraine to France . The last years of Charles VI. were embittered by the disastrous outcome of the war with Turkey (1738—1739), on which he had
See also:felt compelled to embark in accordance with the terms of a treaty of alliance with Russia signed in 1726 . Treaty of Belgrade, After a
See also:campaign of varying fortunes the Turks
See also:beat 1739 .
the imperial troops at Krotzka on the 23rd of July 1739 and laid siege to Belgrade, where on the 1st of September a treaty was signed, which, with the exception of the banat, surrendered everything that Austria had gained by the treaty of Passarowitz . On. the loth of October 1740, Charles died, leaving his dominions in no condition to resist the attacks of the powers, which, in spite of having adhered to the Pragmatic Sanction, now sought to profit from their weakness . Yet for their internal development Charles had done much . His religious attitude was moderate and tolerant, and he did his best to
See also:pro-mote the enlightenment of his subjects . He was zealous, too, for the promotion of trade and industry, and, besides the East India Company which he established at
See also:Ostend, he encouraged the development of Trieste and Fiume as sea-ports and centres of trade with the
See also:Levant . The accession of Maria Theresa to the throne of the Habsburgs marks an important epoch in the history of Austria . For a while, indeed, it seemed that the monarchy was on `Naria Theresa the point of dissolution . To the diplomacy of the 18th century the
See also:breach of a
See also:solemn compact was but lightly regarded; and Charles VI. had neglected the advice of Prince Eugene to leave an effective army of 200,000 men as a more solid
See also:guarantee of the Pragmatic Sanction than the signatures of the powers .. As it was, the Austrian forces, disorganized in the long confusion of the Turkish wars, were in no condition to withstand Frederick the Great, when in 1740, at the head of the splendid army bequeathed to him by his father, he invaded Silesia (see AUSTRIAN SUCCESSION, WAR OF) . The Prussian victory at Mollwitz (April to, 1741) brought into the field against Austria all the powers which were ambitious of expansion at her expense: France, Bavaria, Spain, Saxony and Sardinia . Nor was the peril wholly external . Apart from the perennial discontents of Magyars and Slays, the confusion and corruption of the administration, and the misery caused by the ruin of the finances, had made the Habsburg dynasty unpopular even in its German states, and in Vienna itself a large section of public opinion was loudly in favour of the claims of Charles of Bavaria .
Yet the war, if it revealed the weakness of the Austrian monarchy; revealed also unexpected
See also:sources of strength . Not the least of these was the character of Maria Theresa herself, who to the
See also:fascination of a
See also:young and beautiful woman added a very masculine
See also:resolution and
See also:judgment . In response to her personal
See also:appeal, and also to her wise and timely concessions, the Hungarians had rallied to her support, and for the first time in history awoke not only to a feeling of enthusiastic loyalty to a Habsburg monarch, but also to the realization that their true interests were bound up with those of Austria (see HUNGARY: History) . Although, then, as the result of the war, Silesia was by the treaty of
See also:Dresden transferred from Austria to Prussia, while in Italy. by the treaty of
See also:Aix-la-Chapelle in 1748 cessions were made at the expense of the house of Habsburg to the Spanish Don Philip and to Sardinia, the Austrian monarchy as a whole had displayed a vitality that had astonished the
See also:world, and was in some respects stronger than at the beginning of the struggle, notably in the great improvement in the army and in the possession of generals schooled by the experience of active service . The period from 1747 to 1756, the year of the outbreak of the Seven Years' War, was occupied in preparations for carrying into effect the determination of Maria Theresa to recover the lost provinces . To give any
See also:chance of success, it was recognized that a twofold change of system was necessary: in internal and in external affairs . To strengthen the state internally a
See also:complete revolution of its administration was begun under the auspices of Count F . W . Haugwitz (1700-1765) ; the motley system which had survived from the middle ages was gradually replaced by an administrative machinery uniformly organized and centralized; and the army especially, hitherto patched together from the quotas raised and maintained by the various diets and provincial estates, was withdrawn from their interference . These reforms were practically confined to the central provinces of the, monarchy; for in Hungary, as well as in the outlying territories of
See also:Lombardy and the Netherlands, it was recognized that the conservative
See also:temper of the peoples made any revolutionary change in the traditional system inadvisable . Meanwhile, in foreign affairs, it had become clear that for Austria the enemy to be dreaded was no longer France, but Prussia, and Kaunitz prepared the way for a diplomatic Austrian- revolution, which took effect when, on the 1st of May Preach affiance, 1756, Austria and France concluded the first treaty and seven of
See also:Versailles . The long rivalry between Bourbons and Years' Habsburgs was thus ended, and France and Austria war. remained in alliance or at peace until the outbreak of the French Revolution .
So far as Austria was concerned, the Seven Years' War (q.v.) in which France and Austria were ranged against Prussia and Great Britain, was an attempt on the part of Maria Theresa to recover Silesia . It failed; and the peace of Hubertsburg, signed on the 15th of February 1-763, left Germany divided between Austria and Prussia, whose rivalry for the
See also:hegemony was to last until the victory of
See also:Koniggratz (1866) 'de-finitely decided the issue in favour of the
See also:Hohenzollern monarchy . The loss of Silesia led Austria to look for " compensation " elsewhere . The most obvious direction in which this could be sought was in Bavaria, ruled by the decadent house of
See also:Wittelsbach, the secular rival of the house of Audtrta Habsburg in southern Germany . The question of the and Bavaria annexation of Bavaria by conquest or exchange had occupied the minds of Austrian statesmen throughout the century: it would not only have removed a perpetual menace to the peace of Austria, but would have given to the Habsburg monarchy an overwhelming strength in South Germany . The
See also:matter came to an issue in r777, on the death of the elector Maximilian III . The heir was the elector palatine Charles
See also:Theodore, but Joseph II., who had been elected emperor in 1765, in succession to his father, and appointed co-regent with his mother—claimed the inheritance, and prepared to assert his claims by force . The result was the so-called War of Bavarian Succession . As a matter of fact, however, though the armies under `Frederick and Joseph were
See also:face to face in the field, the affair was settled without actual fighting; Maria Theresa, fearing the chances of another struggle with Prussia, overruled her son at the last moment, and by the treaty of Teschen agreed to be content with the cession of the Quarter of the Inn (InnvierteI) and some other districts . Meanwhile the ambition of Catherine of Russia, and the war with Turkey by which the empire of the tsars was advanced to the Black Sea and threatened to establish itself south Russia, of the Danube, were productive of consequences of Austria enormous importance to Austria in the East .
See also:Russian and the control of the Danube was a far more serious menace ottoman to Austria than the neighbourhood of the decadent "'Dire' Ottoman power; and for a while the policy of Austria towards the
See also:Porte underwent a change that foreshadowed her attitude towards the Eastern Question in the loth century . In spite of the reluctance of Maria Theresa, Kaunitz, in July 1771, concluded a defensive alliance with the Porte .
He would have exchanged this for an active co-operation with Turkey, could Frederick the Great have been persuaded to promise at least
See also:neutrality in the event of a Russo-Austrian War . But Frederick was unwilling to break with Russia, with whom he was negotiating the
See also:partition of Poland; Austria in these circumstances dared not take the offensive; and Maria Theresa was compelled to
See also:chase the modification of the extreme claims of Russia in Turkey by agreeing to, and sharing in, the spoliation of Poland . Her own share of the spoils was the acquisition, by the first treaty of partition (August 5, 1772), of Galicia Peofarettton Poland. and Lodomeria . Turkey was left in the
See also:lurch; and Austrian troops even occupied portions of
See also:Moldavia, in order to secure the communication between the new Polish provinces and Transylvania . At Constantinople, too, Austria once more supported Russian policy, and was rewarded, in 1777, by the acquisition of
See also:Bukovina from Turkey . In Italy the influence of the House of Austria had been strengthened by the
See also:marriage of the archduke Ferdinand with the heiress of the d'Estes of
See also:Modena; and the establishment of the archduke Leopold in the grand-duchy of Tuscany . In internal affairs Maria Theresa may be regarded as the
See also:practical founder of the unified Austrian state . The new system of centralization has already been referred to . It only Internal remains to add that, in carrying out this system, Maria reforms Theresa was too wise to fall into the errors afterwards under made by her son and successor . She was no doctrin- Marta
See also:aire, and consistently acted on the principle once laid Theresa. down by
See also:Machiavelli, that while changing the substance, the prince should be careful to preserve the form of old institutions . Alongside the new bureaucracy, the old estates survived in somnolent inactivity, and even in Hungary, though the ancient constitution was left untouched, the diet was only summoned four times during the reign, and reforms were carried out, without protest, by royal ordinance . It was under Maria Theresa, too, that the attempt was first made to make German the official language of the whole monarchy; an attempt which was partly successful even in Hungary, especially so far as the army was concerned, though Latin remained the official
See also:tongue of the diet; the county-assemblies and the courts .
The social, religious and educational reforms of Maria Theresa also mark her reign as the true epoch of transition from
See also:medieval to modern conditions in Austria . In religious matters the empress, though a devout Catholic and herself devoted to the Holy See, was carried away by the prevailing reaction, in which her ministers shared, against the pretensions of the papacy . The anti-papal tendency, known as
See also:Febronianism (q.v.), had made immense headway, not only among the laity but among the clergy in the Austrian dominions . By a new law, papal bulls could not be published without the consent of the crown, and the direct intercourse of the bishops with Rome was forbidden; the privileges of the religious orders were curtailed; and the
See also:education of the clergy was brought under state control . It was, however, only with reluctance that Maria Theresa agreed to carry out the papal bull suppressing the Society of Jesus; and, while declaring herself against persecution, she could never be persuaded to accept the views of Kaunitz and Joseph in favour of toleration . Parallel with the assertion of the rights of the state as against the
See also:church, was the revolution effected in the educational system of the monarchy . This, too, was taken from the control of the church; the universities were remodelled and modernized by the introduction of new faculties, the study of ecclesiastical law being transferred from that of
See also:theology to that of
See also:jurisprudence, and the elaborate system of elementary and secondary education was established, which survived with slight modification till 1869 . The death of Maria Theresa in 178o left Joseph II. free to attempt the drastic revolution from above, which had been Joseph H. restrained by the wise statesmanship of his
See also:mother. end He was himself a
See also:strange incarnation at once of "Josepin- doctrinaire liberalism and the old Habsburg autocracy. inlsm." Of the essential conditions of his empire he was constitutionally unable to form a conception . He was a
See also:disciple, not of Machiavelli, but of
See also:Rousseau; and his scattered dominions, divided by innumerable divergences of racial and class
See also:prejudice, and encumbered with traditional institutions to which the people clung with passionate conservatism, he regarded as so much vacant territory on which to build up his ideal state . He was, in fact, a Revolutionist who happened also to be an emperor . " Reason " and " enlightenment " were his watchwords; opposition to his wise measures he regarded as obscurantist and unreasonable, and unreason, if it proved stubborn, as a
See also:vice to be corrected with whips . In this spirit he at once set to work to reconstruct the state, on lines that strangely anticipated the principles of the Constituent
See also:Assembly of 1789 .
He refused to be crowned or to take the
See also:oath of the local constitutions, and divided the whole monarchy into thirteen departments, to be governed under a
See also:uniform system .. In ecclesiastical matters his policy was also that of " reform from above," the complete subordination of the clergy to the state, and the severance of all effective ties with Rome . This treatment of the " Fakirs and Ulemas " (as he called them in his letters), who formed the most powerful
See also:element in the monarchy, would alone have ensured the failure of his plans, but failure was made certain by the introduction of the conscription, which turned even the peasants, whom he had done much to emancipate, against him . The threatened revolt of Hungary, and the actual revolt of Tirol and of the Netherlands (see BELGIUM: History) together with the disasters of the war with Turkey, forced him, before he died, to the formal reversal of the whole policy of reform . In his foreign policy Joseph II. had been scarcely less unhappy . In 1784 he had resumed his plan of acquiring Bavaria for Austria by negotiating with the elector Charles Theodore its exchange for the Netherlands, which were to be erected for his benefit into a Kingdom of
See also:Burgundy." The elector was not unwilling, but the scheme was wrecked by the opposition of the heir to the Bavarian throne, the 'duke of
See also:Zweibrucken, in response to whose appeal Frederick the Great formed; on the 23rd of July 1785, a
See also:confederation of German princes (Fiirstenbund) for the purpose of opposing the threatened preponderance of Austria . Prussia was thus for the first time formally recognized as the
See also:protector of the German states against Austrian ambition; and had at the same time become the centre of an anti-Austrian alliance, which embraced Sweden, Poland and the maritime powers . In these circumstances the war with Turkey, on which Joseph embarked,,in alliance with Russia, in 1788, would hardly have been justified by the most brilliant success . The first campaign, however, which he conducted in
See also:person was a
See also:dismal failure; the Turks followed the Austrian army, disorganized by disease, across the Danube; and though the transference of the command to the
See also:veteran marshal Loudon somewhat retrieved the initial disasters, his successes were more than counterbalanced by the alliance, concluded on the 31st of January 1790, between Prussia and Turkey . Three
See also:weeks later, on the loth of February 1790, Joseph died broken-hearted . The situation needed all the statesmanship of the new ruler, Leopold II . This was less obvious in his domestic than in his foreign policy, though perhaps equally present .
As Leopold grand-duke of Tuscany Leopold had won the reputation H . of an enlightened and liberal ruler; but meanwhile " Josephinism " had not been justified by its results, and the progress of the Revolution in France was beginning to scare even enlightened princes into reaction . Leopold, then, reverted to the traditional . Habsburg methods; the old supremacy of the Church, regarded as the one effectivebond of empire, was restored; and the Einheitsstaat was once more resolved into its elements, with the old machinery of diets and estates, and the old abuses . It was the beginning of that policy of " stability " associated later with Metternich, which was to last till the cataclysm of 1848 . For the time, the policy was justified by its results . The spirit of revolutionary France had not yet touched the heart of the Habsburg empire, and national rivalries were expressed, not so much in expansive ambitions, as in a somnolent clinging to traditional privileges . Leopold, therefore, who made his debut on the European stage as the executor of the ban of the Empire against the insurgent Liegeois, was free to pose as the
See also:champion of order against the Revolution, without needing to fear the resentment of his subjects . He played this r61e with consummate skill in the negotiations that led up to the treaty of Reichenbach (August 15, 179o), which ended the
See also:quarrel with Prussia and paved the way to the armistice of
See also:Giurgevo with Turkey (September 1o) . Leopold was now free to
See also:deal with the Low Countries, which were reduced to order before the end of the year . On the 4th of August 1791, was signed at
See also:Sistova the definitive peace with Turkey, which practically established the status quo . On the 6th of October 1790, Leopold had been crowned Roman emperor at
See also:Frankfort, and it was as emperor, not as Habsburg, that he first found himself in direct antagonism to the Austria France of the Revolution .
The fact that Leopold's ana'the sister,
See also:Marie Antoinette, was the wife of Louis XVI. french had done little to
See also:cement the Franco-Austrian alliance, Rerh'" which since 1763 had been practically non-existent; non. nor was it now the mainspring of his attitude towards revolutionary France . But by the decree of the 4th of August, which in the general abolition of feudal rights involved the possessions of many German princes enclaves. in Alsace and Lorraine, the Constituent Assembly had made the first move in the war against the established European system . Leopold protested as sovereign of Germany; and the protest was soon enlarged into one made in the name of Europe . The circular
See also:letter of Count Kaunitz, dated the 6th of July 1791, calling on the sovereigns to unite against the Revolution, was at once the beginning of the Concert of Europe, and in a sense the last manifesto of the Holy Roman :Empire as " the centre of political unity." But the common policy proclaimed in the famous declaration of
See also:Pillnitz (August 27), was soon wrecked upon the particular interests of the powers . Both Austria and Prussia two clubs, the German Austrians and the Germans, joined once more under the name of the " United German Left " into a new
See also:club' with eighty-seven members, so as the better to guard against the common danger and to defeat the, educational demands of the Clericals, the National Germans remained apart with seventeen members . They were also infected by the growing spirit of anti-Semitism . The German parties had originally been the party of the capitalists, and comprised a large number of Jews; this new German party committed itself to violent attacks upon the Jews, and for this reason alone any real harmony between the different branches would have been impossible . Notwithstanding the concessions about language the Czechs had, however, made no advance towards their real object—the recognition of the Bohemian kingdom . Perhaps the leaders of the party, who were now growing old, would have been content with the influence they had already attained, but they were hard pressed at home by the Young Czechs, who were more impatient . When Count Thun was appointed
See also:governor of Bohemia their hopes ran high, for he was supposed to favour the
See also:coronation of the emperor at Prague . In 189o, however, instead of proceeding to the coronation as was expected, Taaffe The agree- attempted to bring about a reconciliation between meat the opposing parties . The influence by which his with policy was directed is not quite clear, but the Czechs Bohemia. had been of
See also:recent years less easy to deal with, and Taaffe had never really shown any wish to alter the constitution; his policy always was to destroy the influence of parliament by playing off one party against the other, and so to win a clear field for the government .
See also:month of January conferences were held at Vienna, with Taaffe in the
See also:chair, to which were invited representatives of the three groups into which the Bohemian representatives were divided, the German party, the Czechs, and the Feudal party . After a fortnight's discussion an agreement was made on the basis of a separation between the German and the
See also:Czech districts, and a revision of the electoral law . A
See also:protocol enumerating the points agreed on was signed by all who had taken part in the
See also:conference, and,in May bills were laid before the diet incorporating the chief points in the agreement . But they were not carried; the chief reason being that the Young Czechs had not been asked to take part in the conference, and did not consider themselves bound by its decisions; they opposed the measures and had recourse to obstruction, and a certain number of the Old Czechs gradually came over to them . Their chief ground of criticizing the proposed measures was that they would threaten the unity of the Bohemian country.' At the elections in 1891 a great struggle took place between the Old and the Young Czechs . The latter were completely victorious; Rieger, who had led the party for thirty years, disappeared from the Reichsrath . The first result was that the proposed agreement with Bohemia came to an end . But the disappearance of the Old Czechs made the parliamentary situation very insecure . The Young Czechs could not take their place; their
See also:Radical and anti-clerical tendencies alarmed the Feudalists and Clericalists who formed so large a part of the Right; they attacked the alliance with Germany; they made public demonstration of their French sympathies; they entered into communication with other Slav races, especially the Serbs of Hungary and Bosnia; they demanded universal
See also:suffrage, and occasionally supported the German Radicals in their opposition to the Clerical parties, especially in educational matters; under their influence disorder increased in Bohemia, a secret society called the Umladina (an imitation of the Servian society of that name) was discovered, and stringent measures had to be taken to preserve order . The government therefore veered round towards the German Biberals; some of the ministers most obnoxious to the Germans resigned, and their places were taken by Germans . For two years the government seemed to waver, looking now to the Left, now to Hohenwart and his friends; for a time Taaffe really had the support of all parties except the Young Czechs . On this see Menger, Der Ausgleich mit Bohmen (Vienna, 1891), where the documents are printed .
After two years he gave up his cautious policy and took a bold move . In October 1893 he introduced a reform
See also:bill . Universal suffrage had long been demanded by the working Electoral men and the Socialists; the Young Czechs also had reform. put it on their programme, and many of the Christian Socialists and anti-Semites desired an alteration of the franchise: Taaffe's bill, while keeping the curiae of the feudal proprietors and the
See also:chambers of commerce as they were, and making no change in the number of members, proposed to give the franchise in both towns and rural districts to every one who could read and write, and had resided six months in one place . This was opposed by the Liberals, for with the growth of
See also:socialism and anti-Semitism, they knew that the extension of the franchise would destroy their influence . On this Taaffe had probably calculated, but he had omitted to inquire what the other parties would do . He had not even consulted Hohenwart, to whose assistance he owed his long tenure of power . Not even the pleasure of ruining the Liberals was sufficient to persuade the Conservatives to vote for a measure which would transfer the power from the well-to-do to the indigent, and Hohenwart justly complained that they ought to have been secure against surprises of this kind . The Poles also were against a measure which would give more influence to the Ruthenes . The position of the government was hopeless, and without waiting for a division Taaffe resigned . The event to which for fourteen years the Left had looked forward had now happened . Once more they could have a share in the government, which they always believed The belonged to them by nature . Taught by experience coalition and adversity, they did not
See also:scruple to enter into an ministry, alliance with their old enemies, and a coalition ministry 1893 .
was formed from the Left, the Clericals and the Poles . The
See also:president was Prince
See also:Alfred Windisch-Gratz, grandson of the celebrated general, one of Hohenwart's ablest lieutenants; Hohenwart himself did not take office . Of course an administration of this kind could not take a definite line on any controversial question, but during 1894 they carried through the commercial treaty with Russia and the
See also:laws for the continuance of the currency reform . The differences of the clubs appeared, how-ever, in the discussions on franchise reform; the government, not strong enough to have a policy of its own, had referred the matter to a
See also:committee; for the question having once been raised, it was impossible not to go on with it . This would probably have been fatal to the coalition, but the final blow was given by a matter of very small importance arising from the disputes on
See also:nationality . The Slovenes had asked that' in the gymnasium at Cu ll classes in which instruction was given in Slovenian should be formed parallel to the German classes . This
See also:request caused great excitement in Styria and the neighbouring districts; the Styrian diet (from which the Slovene minority had seceded) protested . The Slovenes were, however, members of the Hohenwart Club, so Hohenwart and his followers supported the request, which was adopted by the ministry . The German Left opposed it; they were compelled to do so by the popular indignation in the German districts; and when the vote was carried against them (12th June 1895) they made it a question of confidence, and formally withdrew their support from the government, which therefore at once resigned . After a short
See also:interval the emperor appointed as minister-president Count Badeni, who had earned a great reputation as governer of Galicia . He formed an administration Badeni's the merit of which, as of so many others, was that it was ministry. to belong to no party and to have no programme . He hoped to be able to work in harmony with the moderate elements of the Left; his
See also:mission was to carry through the composition (Ausgleich) with Hungary; to this everything else must be subordinated .
During 1896 he succeeded in carrying a franchise reform bill, which satisfied nearly all parties . All the old categories of members were maintained, but a fifth
See also:curia was added, in which almost any one might vote who had resided six months in one place and was not in domestic service; in this way seventy-two would be added to the existing members . This matter having been settled, parliament was dissolved . The result of the elections of 1897 was the return of a House so constituted as to make any strong government impossible . On both sides the anti-Semitic parties representing the extreme demagogic elements were present in considerable numbers . The United German Left had almost disappeared; it was represented only by a few members chosen by the great proprietors; in its place there were the three parties —the German Popular party, the German Nationalists, and the German Radicals—who all put questions of nationality first and had deserted the old standpoint of the constitution . Then there were the fourteen Social Democrats who had won their seats under the new franchise . The old party of the Right was, however, also broken up; side by side with
See also:forty-one Clericals there were twenty-eight Christian Socialists led by Dr Lueger, a man of great oratorical power, who had won a predominant influence in Vienna, so long the centre of Liberalism, and had quite eclipsed the more modest efforts of Prince Liechtenstein . As among the German National party, there were strong nationalist elements in his programme, but they were chiefly directed against Jews and Hungarians; Lueger had already distinguished himself by his violent attacks on Hungary, which had caused some embarrassment to the government at a time when the negotiations for the Ausgleich were in progress . Like anti-Semites elsewhere, the Christian Socialists were reckless and irresponsible, appealing directly to the passions and prejudices of the most ignorant . There were altogether 200 German members of the Reichsrath, but they were divided into eight parties, and nowhere did there seem to be the elements on which a government could be built up . The parliamentary situation is best explained by the following 1897 .
1901 . 28 28 . 49 41 . 42 51 5 21 I r — 126 141 14 10 . 30 t 37 . 28 23 — 6o 16 16 . 60 53 i 4 I 2 I 6 63 — 65 . 59 6o 6 • 3 II 68 71 . II . 5 16 16 14 • 5 19 — 19 II 9 2 2 6 5 5 II — II I — 6 -- 5 Total 425 425 The most remarkable result of the elections was the disappearance of the Liberals in Vienna . In 1879, out of 37 members returned in Lower Austria, 33 were Liberals, but now they werereplaced to a large extent by the Socialists . It was impossible to maintain a strong party of moderate constitutionalists, on whom the government could depend, unless there was a large nucleus from Lower Austria .
The influence of Lueger was very embarrassing; he had now amajority of two-thirds in the
See also:town council, and had been elected burgomaster . The emperor had refused to confirm the election; he had been re-elected, and then the emperor, in a personal interview, appealed to him to withdraw . He consented to do so; but, after the election of 1897 had given him so many followers in the Reichsrath, Badeni advised that his election as burgomaster should be confirmed . There was violent antipathy between the Christian Socialists and the German Nationalists, and the transference of their quarrels from the Viennese Council Chamber to the Reichstath was very detrimental to the orderly conduct of debate . The limited suffrage had hitherto prevented socialism from becoming a political force in Austria as it had in Germany, and the national divisions have always impeded the socialism. creation of a centralized socialist party . The first object of the working classes necessarily was the attainment of political power; in 1867 there had been mass demonstrations and petitions to the government for universal suffrage . During the next years there was the beginning of a real socialist movement in Vienna and in Styria, where there is a considerable industrial population; after 1879, however, the growth of the party was interrupted by the introduction of anarchical doctrines . Most's paper, the Freiheit, was introduced through Switzerland, and had a large circulation . The anarchists, under the leadership of Peukert, seem to have attained considerable numbers . In 1883–1884 there were a number of serious strikes, collisions between the
See also:police and the workmen, followed by assassinations; it was a peculiarity of Austrian anarchists that in some cases they united robbery to
See also:murder . The government, which was seriously alarmed, introduced severe repressive measures; the leading anarchists were expelled or fled the country . In 1887, under the leadership of Dr
See also:Adler, the socialist party began to revive (the party of violence having died away), and since then it has steadily gained in numbers; in the forefront of the political programme is put the demand for universal suffrage .
In no country is the 1st of May, as the festival of Labour, celebrated so generally . Badeni after the election sent in his resignation, but the emperor refused to accept it, and he had, therefore, to do the best he could and turn for support to the other nationalities . The strongest of them were the fifty-nine Poles and sixty Young Czechs; he therefore attempted, as Taaffe had done, to come to some agreement with them . The Poles were always ready to support the government; among the Young Czechs the more moderate had already attempted to restrain the wilder
See also:spirits of the party, and they were quite prepared to enter into negotiations . They did not wish to lose the opportunity which now was open to them of winning influence over the administration . What they required was further concession as to the language in Bohemia . In May 1897 Badeni, therefore, published his celebrated ordinances . They determined (I) that all
See also:correspondence and documents regarding every matter The brought before the government officials should be language conducted in the language in which it was first intro- ordinances duced . This applied to the whole of Bohemia, and 017897. meant the introduction of Czech into the government offices throughout the whole of the kingdom; (2) after 1903 no one was to be appointed to a
See also:post under the government in Bohemia until he had passed an examination in Czech . These ordinances fulfilled the worst fears of the Germans . The German Nationalists and Radicals declared that no business should be done till they were repealed and Badeni dismissed . They resorted to obstruction .
They brought in repeated motions to impeach the ministers, and parliament had to be prorogued in June, although no business of any kind had been transacted . Badeni had not anticipated the effect his ordinances would have; as a
See also:Pole he had little experience in the western part of the empire . Daring the recess he tried to open negotiations, but table showing the parties: German Liberals— Constitutional Landed Proprietors German Radicals German Popular Party Schoenerer
See also:Group Kronawetter Democrat Social Democrats German Conservatives German Clericals Catholic Popular
See also:Par y 15 S Christian Socialists Federalist Great Proprietors Czechs Young Czechs Radical Young Czechs Clerical Czechs Agrarian Czechs Popular Polish Party . Slovenes Clerical Slovenes . Radical „ Italians Liberal Italians Clerical „ . Croatians Serbs Ruthenes Ruthenes Young Ruthenes . Rumanians—Rumanians . Young Rumanians Poles Polish Club Stoyalovski Group 36 the Germans refused even to enter into a discussion until the ordinances had been withdrawn . The agitation spread through- out the country; great meetings were held at Eger and
See also:Aussig, which-were attended by Germans from across the frontier, and led to serious disturbances; the cornflower, which had become the
See also:symbol of German nationality and union with Germany, was freely worn, and the language used was in many cases treasonable . The emperor insisted that the Reichsrath should again be summoned to pass the necessary measures for the agreement with Hungary; scenes then took place which have no parallel in parliamentary history . To meet the obstruction it was determined to sit at
See also:night, but this was unsuccessful . On one occasion Dr Lecher, one of the representatives of Moravia, spoke for twelve
See also:hours, from 9 P.M. till 9 A.M., against the Ausgleich .
The opposition was not always limited to feats of endurance of this kind . On the 3rd of November there was a free fight in the House; it arose from a quarrel between Dr Lueger and the Christian Socialists on the one side (for the Christian Socialists had supported the government since theconfirmation of Lueger as burgomaster) and the German Nationalists under Herr
See also:Wolf, a German from Bohemia, the violence of whose language had already caused Badeni to
See also:challenge him to a duel . The Nation- alists refused to allow Lueger to speak, clapping their desks, hissing and making other noises, till at last the Young Czechs attempted to prevent the disorder by violence . On the 24th of November the scenes of disturbance were renewed . The pre- sident, Herr v . Abrahamovitch, an Armenian from Galicia, refused to call on Schonerer to speak . The Nationalists therefore stormed the platform, and the president and ministers had to fly into their private rooms to
See also:escape personal violence, until the Czechs came to their rescue, and by superiority in numbers and
See also:physical strength severely punished Herr Wolf and his friends . The rules of the House giving the president no authority for maintaining order, he determined, with the assent of the ministers, to propose alterations in procedure The next day, when the sitting began, one of the ministers, Count Falkenhayn, a Clerical who was very unpopular, moved " That any member who continued to disturb a sitting after being twice called to order could be suspended—for three days by the president, and for thirty days by the House." The din and uproar was such that not a word could be heard, but at a pre-arranged
See also:signal from the president all the Right
See also:rose, and he then declared that the new order had been carried, although the procedure of the House required that it should be submitted to a committee . The next day, at the beginning of the sitting, the Socialists rushed on the platform, tore up and destroyed all the papers lying there, seized the president, and held him against the
See also:wall . After he had escaped, eighty police were introduced into the House and carried out the fourteen Socialists . The next day Herr Wolf was treated in the same manner . The excitement spread to the street .
Serious disorders took place in Vienna and in Graz; the German opposition had the support of the people, and Lueger warned the ministers that as burgomaster he would be unable to maintain order in Vienna; even the Clerical Germans showed signs of deserting the government . The emperor, hastily summoned to Vienna, accepted resgai Badeni's resignation, the Germans having thus by obstruction attained part of their wishes . The new minister, Gautsch, a man popular with all parties, held office for three months; he proclaimed the budget and the Ausgleich, and in February replaced the language ordinances by others, under which Bohemia was to be divided into three districts—one Czech, one German and one mixed . The Germans, however, were not satisfied with this; they demandedabsolute repeal . The Czechs also were offended; they arranged riots at Prague; the professors in the university refused to lecture unless the German students were defended from violence; Gautsch resigned, and Thun, who had been governor of Bohemia, was appointed minister .
See also:Martial law was proclaimed in Bohemia, and strictly enforced . Thun then arranged with the Hungarian ministers a compromise about the Ausgleich . The Reichsrath was again summoned, and the meetings were[HISTORY less disturbed than in the former year, but the Germans still prevented any business from being done . The Germans now had a new cause of complaint .
See also:Paragraph 14 of the Constitutional law of 1867 provided that, in cases of pressing
See also:necessity, orders for which the assent of the Reichsrath was required might, if the Reichsrath were not in session, be proclaimed by the emperor; they had to be signed by the whole ministry, and if they were not laid before the Reichsrath within four months of its meeting, or if they did not receive the approval of both Houses, they ceased to be valid . The Germans contended that the application of this clause to the Ausgleich was invalid, and demanded that it should be repealed . Thun had in consequence to retire, in September 1899 .
His successor, Count Clary, began by with-
See also:drawing the ordinances which had been the cause of so much trouble, but it was now too
See also:late to restore peace . The Germans were not sufficiently strong and united to keep in power a minister who had brought them the
See also:relief for which they had been clamouring for two years . The Czechs, of course, went into opposition, and used obstruction . The extreme German party, however, took the occasion to demand that paragraph 14 should be repealed . Clary explained that this was impossible, but he gave a formal
See also:pledge that he would not use it . The Czechs, however, prevented him passing a law on
See also:excise which was a necessary part of the agreements with Hungary; it was, therefore, impossible for him to carry on the government without breaking his word; there was nothing left for him to do but to resign, after holding office for less than three months . The emperor then appointed a ministry of officials, who were not bound by his pledge, and used paragraph 14 for the necessary purposes of state . They then made way for a ministry under Herr v . Korber . During the early months of 1900 matters were more peaceful, and Korber hoped to be able to arrange a compromise; but the Czechs now demanded the restoration of their language in the internal service of Bohemia, and on 8th June, by
See also:noise and disturbance, obliged the president to suspend the sitting . The Reichsrath was immediately dissolved, the emperor having determined to make a final attempt to get together a parliament with which it would be possible to govern . The new elections on which so much was to depend did not take place till January Igor .
They resulted in a great increase of the extreme German Nationalist parties . Schonerer and the German Radicals—the fanatical German party who in their new programme advocated union of German Austria with the German empire—now numbered twenty-one, who chiefly came from Bohemia . They were able for the first time to procure the election of one of their party in the Austrian Delegation, and threatened to introduce into the Assembly scenes of disorder similar to those which they had made common in the Reichsrath . All those parties which did not primarily appeal to national feeling suffered loss; especially was this the case with the two sections of the Clericals, the Christian Socialists and the Ultramontanes; and the increasing enmity between the German Nationalists (who refused even the name German to a Roman Catholic) and the Church became one of the most conspicuous features in the political situation . The loss of seats by the Socialists showed that even among the working men the national agitation was gaining ground; the diminished influence of the anti-Semites was the most encouraging sign . Notwithstanding the result of the elections, the first months of the new parliament passed in
See also:comparative peace . There was a truce between the nationalities . The Germans were more occupied with their opposition to the Clericals than with their
See also:feud with the Slays . The Czechs refrained from obstruction, for they did not wish to forfeit the alliance with the Poles and Conservatives, on which their parliamentary strength depended, and the Germans used the opportunity to pass measures for promoting the material prosperity of the country, especially for an important system of canals which would bring additional prosperity to the coal-
See also:fields and manufactures of Bohemia . (J . W . HE.) The history of Austria since the general election of 19or is the Renewed conflict between Germans and Czechs .
history of 'franchise reform as a crowning attempt to restore had become so obnoxious to the Czechs that his removal would parliament to normal working conditions . The premier, Dr Public von Korber, who had undertaken to overcome obstruc- works tion and who hoped to effect a compromise between policy . Germans and Czechs, induced the Chamber to sanction the estimates, the contingent of recruits and other " necessities of state " for 1901 and 1902, by promising to under-take large public works in which Czechs and Germans were alike interested . These public works were chiefly a canal from the Danube to the
See also:Oder; a
See also:ship canal from the Danube to the Moldau near
See also:Budweis, and the canalization of the Moldau from Budweis to Prague; a ship canal
See also:running from the projected Danube-Oder canal near
See also:Prerau to the Elbe near
See also:Pardubitz, and the canalization of the Elbe from Pardubitz to Melnik; a navigable connexion between the Danube-Oder Canal and the Vistula and the
See also:Dniester . It was estimated that the construction of these four canals would require twenty years, the funds being furnished by a 4%
See also:loan amortizable in ninety years . In addition to the canals, the
See also:cabinet proposed and the Chamber sanctioned the construction of a " second railway route to Trieste " de-signed to shorten the distance between South Germany, Salzburg and the Adriatic, by means of a line passing under the Alpine ranges of central and southern Austria . The principal sections of this line were named after the ranges they pierced, the chief tunnels being bored through the Tauern, Karawanken and Wochein hills . Sections were to be thrown open to
See also:traffic as soon as completed and the whole work to be ended during 1909 . The line forms one of the most interesting railway routes in Europe . The cost, however, greatly exceeded the estimate sanctioned by parliament; and the contention that the parliamentary adoption of the Budget in 1901—1902 cost the state 1oo,000,000 for public works, is not entirely unfounded . True, these works were in most cases desirable and in some cases necessary, but they were hastily promised and often hastily begun under pressure of political expediency . The Korber administration was for this reason subsequently exposed to severe censure .
Despite these public works Dr von Korber found himself unable to induce parliament to vote the Budgets for 1903, Kdrber's 1904 or 1905, and was obliged to revert to the expedient parlia- employed by his predecessors of sanctioning the estimentary mates by imperial ordinance under paragraph 14 of dlf l- the constitution . His attempts in December 1902 Cultles. and January 1903 to promote a compromise between Czechs and Germans proved equally futile . Korber proposed that Bohemia be divided into 10 districts, of which 5 would be Czech, 3 German and 2 mixed . Of the 234 district tribunals, 133 were to be Czech, 94 German and 7 mixed . The Czechs demanded on the contrary that both their language and German should be placed on an equal footing throughout Bohemia, and be used for all official purposes in the same way . As this demand involved the recognition of Czech as a language of internal service in Bohemia it was refused by the Germans . Thence-forward, until his fall on the 31st of December 1904, Korber governed practically without parliament . The Chamber was summoned at intervals rather as a pretext for the subsequent employment of paragraph 14 than in thehope of securing its assent to legislative measures . The Czechs blocked business by a
See also:pile of " urgency motions " and occasionally indulged in noisy obstruction . On one occasion a sitting lasted 57 hours without interruption . In consequence of Czech aggressiveness, the German parties (the German Progressists, the German Populists, the Constitutional Landed Proprietors and the Christian Socialists) created a joint executive committee and a supreme committee of four members to
See also:watch over German racial interests . By the end of 19o4'it had become clear that the system of government by paragraph 14, which Dr von Korber had perfected was not effective in the long run .
Loans were needed
See also:saran for military and other purposes, and paragraph 14 Gautsch premier. itself declares that it cannot be employed for the contraction of any lasting
See also:burden upon the
See also:exchequer, nor for any sale of state patrimony . As the person of the premier be regarded by them as a concession, his resignation was suddenly accepted by the emperor, and, on the 1st of January 1905, a former premier, Baron von Gautsch, was appointed in his
See also:stead . Parliamentary activity was at once resumed; the Austro-Hungarian
See also:tariff contained in the Szell-Korber compact was adopted, the estimates were discussed and the commercial treaty with Germany ratified . In the early autumn, however, a radical change came over the spirit of Austrian politics . For nearly three years Austria had been watching with bitterness and depression the course of the crisis in Hungary . Parliament had repeatedly expressed its disapproval of the Magyar demands upon the crown, but had succeeded only in demonstrating its own impotence . The feeling that Austria could be compelled by imperial ordinance under paragraph 14 to acquiesce in whatever concessions the crown might make to Hungary galled Austrian public opinion and prepared it for coming changes . In August 1905 the crown took into
See also:consideration and in September sanctioned the proposal that universal suffrage be introduced into the official programme of the Fejervasy cabinet then engaged in combating the Coalition in Hungary . It is not to be supposed that the king of Hungary assented to this programme without reflecting that what he sought to further in Hungary, it would be impossible for him, as emperor of Austria, to oppose in Cisleithania . His subsequent action justifies, indeed, the belief that, when sanctioning the Fejervary programme, the monarch had already decided that universal suffrage should be introduced in Austria; but even he can scarcely have been prepared for the rapidity with which the movement in Austria gained ground and accomplished its object . On the 15th of September 1905 a huge socialist and working-class demonstration in favour of universal suffrage took place before the parliament at Budapest . The Austrian Franchise Socialist party, encouraged by this manifestation and reform .
influenced by the revolutionary movement in Russia, resolved to press for franchise reform in Austria also . An initial demonstration, resulting in some bloodshed, was organized in Vienna at the beginning of November . At Prague, Graz and other towns, demonstrations and collisions with the police were frequent . The premier, Baron Gautsch, who had previously discountenanced universal suffrage while admitting the desirability of a restricted reform, then changed attitude and permitted an enormous Socialist demonstration, in support of universal suffrage, to take place (November 28) in the Vienna Ringstrasse . Traffic was suspended for five hours while an orderly procession of workmen, ten abreast, marched silently along the Ringstrasse past the houses of parliament . The demonstration made a deep impression upon public opinion . On the same day the premier promised to introduce by February a large measure of franchise reform so framed as to protect racial minorities from being overwhelmed at the polls by majorities of other races . On the 23rd of February 1906 he indeed brought in a series of franchise reform measures . Their main principles were the abolition of the curia or. electoral class system and the establishment of the franchise on the basis of universal suffrage; and the division of Austria electorally into racial compartments within which each race would be assured against molestation from other races . The Gautsch redistribution bill proposed to increase the number of constituencies from 425 to 455, to allot a fixed number of constituencies to each province and, within each province, to each race according to its numbers and tax-paying capacity . The reform bill proper proposed to enfranchise every male citizen above 24 years of age with one year's residential qualification . At first the chances of the adoption of such a measure seemed small .
It was warmly supported from outside by the Social Democrats, who held only i1 seats in the House; inside, the Christian Socialists or Lueger party were favourable on the whole as they hoped to gain seats at the expense of the German Progressives and German Populists and to extend their own organization throughout the empire . The Young Czechs, too, were favourable, while the Poles reserved their attitude . Hostile in principle and by
See also:instinct, they waited to ascertain the mind of the emperor, before actively opposing the reform . - With the exception of the German Populists who felt that a German " Liberal " party could not well oppose an extension of popular rights, all the German Liberals were antagonistic, some bitterly, to the measure . The Constitutional Landed Proprietors who had played so large a part in Austrian politics since the 'sixties, and had for a generation held the leadership of the German element in parliament and in the country, saw themselves doomed and the leadership of the Germans given to the Christian Socialists . None of the representatives of the curia system fought so tenaciously for their privileges as did the German nominees of the curia of large landed proprietors . Their opposition proved unavailing . The emperor frowned repeatedly upon their efforts . Baron Gautsch fell in April over a difference with the Poles, and his successor, Prince Konrad zu
See also:Hohenlohe-Schillingsfiirst, who had taken over the reform bills, resigned also, Baron six weeks later, as a protest against the action of the
See also:Beck premier. crown in consenting to the enactment of a customs tariff in Hungary distinct from, though identical with, the joint Austro-Hungarian tariff co'nprised in the Szell-Ktirber compact and enacted as a joint tariff by the Reichsrath . A new cabinet was formed (June 2) by Baron von Beck, permanent under secretary of state in the ministry for agriculture, an official of considerable ability who had first acquired prominence as an instructor of the heir apparent, Archduke Francis Ferdinand; in constitutional and administrative law . By dint of skilful negotiation with the various parties and races, and steadily supported by the emperor who, on one occasion, summoned the recalcitrant party leaders to the Hofburg ad audiendum verbum and told them the reform " must be accomplished," Baron Beck succeeded, in October 1906, in attaining a final agreement, and on the 1st of December in securing the adoption of the reform . During the negotiations the number of constituencies was raised to 516, divided, according to provinces, as follows: Bohemia .
130 previously 110 Galicia . . Io6 78 Lower Austria 64 46 Moravia 49 „ 43 Styria 30 27 Tirol 25 „ 21 Upper Austria 22 „ 20 Austrian Silesia 15 „ 12 Bukovina 14 II Carniola 12 ,, II Dalmatia . II ,, II Carinthia TO TO Salzburg . 7 7 Istria - 6 5 G6rz and Gradisca 6 5 Trieste and territory 5 5
See also:Vorarlberg 4 4 In the allotment of the constituencies to the various races their tax-paying capacity was taken into consideration . In mixed districts separate constituencies and registers were established for the electors of each race, who could only vote on their own
See also:register for a
See also:candidate of their own race . Thus Germans were obliged to vote for Germans and Czechs for Czechs; and, though there might be victories of Clerical over Liberal Germans or of Czech Radicals over Young Czechs, there could be no victories of Czechs over Germans, Poles over Ruthenes, or Slovenes over Italians . The constituencies were divided according to race as follows: Germans of all parties 233 previously 205 Czechs of all parties 108 „ 81 Poles 80 „ 71 Southern Slays (Slovenes, Croats, Serbs) 37 27 Ruthenes . 34 II Italians . 19 „ 18 Rumanians - 5 5 These allotments were slightly modified at the polls by the victory of some Social Democratic candidates not susceptible of strict racial
See also:classification . The chief feature of the allotment was, however, the formal overthrow of the fiction that Austriais preponderatingly a German country and not a country preponderatingly Slav with a German dynasty and a German
See also:facade . The German constituencies, though allotted in a proportion unduly favourable, left the Germans, with 233 seats, in a permanent minority as compared with the 259 Slav seats . Even with the addition of the " Latin " (Rumanian and Italian) seats the "German-Latin
See also:block" amounted only to 257 .
This " block " no longer exists in practice, as the Italians now tend to co-operate rather with the Slays than with the Germans . The greatest gainers by the redistribution were the Ruthenes, whose representation was trebled, though it is still far from being proportioned to their numbers . This and other anomalies will doubtless, be corrected in future revisions of the allotment, although the . German parties, foreseeing that any revision must work . out to their disadvantage, stipulated that a two-thirds majority should be necessary for any alteration of the law . After unsuccessful attempts by the Upper House to introduce plural voting, the bill became law in January 1907, the peers insisting only upon the establishment of a fixed maximum number or humerus clausus, of non-heredi- eaenerei election tary peers, so as to prevent the resistance of the Upper 1907 . Chamber from being overwhelmed at anycritical moment by an influx of crown nominees appointed ad hoc . The general election which took place amid considerable
See also:enthusiasm on the r4th of May resulted in a sweeping victory for the Social Democrats whose number rose from Ir to 87; in a less complete triumph for the Christian Socialists who increased from 27 to 67; and in the success of the extremer over the conservative elements in all races . A classification of the groups in the new Chamber presents many difficulties, but the following statement is approximately accurate . It must be premised that, in order to render the Christian Socialist or Lueger party the strongest group in parliament, an amalgamation was effected between them and the conservative Catholic party: German 'Conservatives— Total . Christian Socialists . . 96 German Agrarians . 19 German Liberals Progressives .
. 15 Populists . . 29
See also:Pan-German radicals (Wolf group) 13 Unattached Pan-Germans 3 Progressives 2 Czechs Czech Agrarians . 28 Young Czechs . 18 Czech Clericals . 17 Old Czechs 7 Czech National Socialists . 9 Realists 2 Unattached Czech . . r Social Democrats— — 82 Of all races 87 87 Poles Democrats . 26 Conservatives . . 15 Populists . 18 Centre . 12 Independent Socialist Ruthenes— — 72 National Democrats . 25 Old or Russophil Ruthenes 5 Slovenes— — Clericals 17 Southern Slav Club Croats Serbs Slovene Liberals Italians Clerical Populists Liberals .
. Rumanians—Rumanian Club Jews Zionists Democrats Unclassified, vacancies, &c . . 510 177 20 II • 4 30 37 1.5 5 5 The legislature elected by universal suffrage worked fairly smoothly during the first year of its existence . The estimates were voted with regularity, racial animosity was somewhat less prominent, and some large issues were debated . The
See also:desire not to disturb the emperor's
See also:Jubilee year by untoward scenes doubtless contributed to
See also:calm political passion, and it was celebrated in 1908 with complete success . But it was no sooner over than the crisis over the annexation of Bosnia and Herzegovina, which is dealt with above, eclipsed all purely domestic affairs in the larger European question . (H . W . S.) Hongrie (
See also:Paris, 1879)., also strongly Slavophil; A . Wolf, Geschichtlithe Bilder aus Osterreich (2 vols., Vienna, 1878–188o), and Osterreich unter Maria Theresia, Joseph II. and Leopold I . (Berlin, 1882); E . Wertheimer, Gesch . Osterreichs and Ungarns
See also:im ersten Jahrzehnt
See also:des z9ten Jahrhunderts (2 vols.,
See also:Leipzig, 1884–189o); A .
See also:Huber, Gesch . Osterreichs, vols. i. to . v. up to 1648 (in Heeren's Gesch. der europ . Staaten,
See also:Gotha, 1885–1895) ; J . Emmer, Kaiser
See also:Franz Joseph I., ffiinfzig Jahre osterreichischer Gesch . (2 vols., Vienna, 1898) ; F . M, Mayer, Gesch . Osterreichs mit besonderer Rucksicht auf dos Kulturleben (a vols . 2nd ed., Vienna, 1900–1901); A . Dopsch, Forschungen zur inneren Gesch . Osterreichs, vol. i. i (Innsbruck,19o3) ; Louis Eisenmann, Le Compromis austro-hongrois de 1867 (Paris, 1904); H . Friedjung, Osterreich von 2848 bis 186o (
See also:Stuttgart, 1908 seq.); Geoffrey Drage, Austria-Hungary (
See also:London, 1909) . (b) Constitutional.—E .
Werunsky, Osterreichische Reichs- and Rechtsgeschichte (Vienna, 1894, &c.); A . Bechmann, Lehrbuch der osterreichischen Reichsgesch . (Prague, 1895–1896) ; A . Huber, Osterreichische Reichsgesch . (Leipzig and Vienna, 1895, end ed. by A . Dopsch, ib., 1901); A . Luschin von Ebengreuth, Osterreichische Reichsgesch . (2 vols.,
See also:Bamberg, 1895, 1896), a work of first-class importance; and Grundriss der osterreichischen Reichsgesch . (Bamberg, 1899) ; G . Kolmer, Parlament and Verfassung in Osterreich, vols. i. to iii. from 1848 to .1885 (Vienna, 1902–1905) . For relations with Hungary see J . Andrhssy, 'Ungarns Ausgleich mit Osterreich, 1867 (Leipzig, 1897) ; L .
Eisenmann, Le Compromis austro-hongrois de 1867 (Paris, 1904) . (c) Diplomatic.—A Beer, Zehn Jahre osterreichischer Politik,18o1–1810 (Leipzig, 1877), andDie orientalische Politik Osterreichs seit 1774 (Prague and Leipzig, 1883) ; A . Fournier,
See also:Gentz and Cobenzl: Gesch. der Est . Politik in den Jahren 1801–1805 (Vienna, 188o) ; F. von Demelitsch, Metternich and
See also:seine auswdrtige Politik, vol. i . (i8o9-1812, Stuttgart, 1898); H . Ubersberger, Osterreich and Russland seit dem Ende des '
See also:pen Jahrhunderts, vol . 1 . 1488 to 16o5 (Kommission fur die neuere Gesch . Osterreichs, Vienna, 1905) . See further the
See also:bibliographies to the articles on METTERNICH, GENTz, &c . For the latest developments of the " Austrian question " see
See also:Andre Cheradame, L'Europe et la question d'Autriche an seuil du XX siecle (Paris, 1901), and L'Allemagne, la France et la question d'Autriche (76, 1902) ; Rene Henry, Questions d'Autriche-Hongrie et question d'orient (Paris, 1903), with preface by Anatole Leroy-
See also:Beaulieu; " Scotus Viator," The Future of Austria-Hungary (London, 1907) . (d) Racial Question.—There is a very extensive literature on the question of
See also:languages and race in Austria .
The best statement of the legal questions involved is in Josef Ulbrith and
See also:Ernst Mischler's Osten . Staatsworterbuch (3 vols., Vienna, 1894–1897; 2nd ed . 1904, &c.) . See also Dummreicher, Sudostdeutsche Betrachtungen(Leipzig, 1893) ; Hainisch, Die Zukunft der Deutsch-Osteneicher (Vienna, 1892); Herkner, Die Zukunft der Deutsch-Osterreicher (ib . 1893); L . Leger, La Save, le Danube et le Balkan (Paris, 1884) ; Bressnitz von Sydacoff, Die panslavistische Agitation (Berlin, 1899) ; Bertrand
See also:Les Races et les nationalites en Autriche-Hongrie (Paris, 1898) . (e)
See also:Biographical.—C. von Wurzbach, Biographisches Lexikon des Kaisertums Osterreich (6o vols., Vienna, 1856–1891) ; also the Allgemeine deutsche Biographie . Many further authorities, whether works,
See also:memoirs or collections of documents, are referred to in the lists appended to the articles in this
See also:book on the various Austrian sovereigns and statesmen . For full bibliography see Dahlmann-Waitz, Quellenkunde (ed . 1906, and subsequent supplements) ; many works, covering particular periods, are also enumerated in the bibliographies in the several volumes of the Cambridge Modern History . (W . A .
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