Research Group History of the Habsburg Monarchy

The Research Group History of the Habsburg Monarchy is part of the Institute for Modern and Contemporary Historical Research. The Research Group is the leading Austrian research institution for the history of the Austrian and Austro-Hungarian empire in the 19th and early 20th century.

Since 1973, it publishes the handbook-series “Die Habsburgermonarchie 1848-1918” (nine volumes so far), covering the history of the region under Habsburg rule thematically from the economy to the military, from the nationalities to the religions, from the administration to the social structures. Starting with vol. VII of the series, “Verfassung und Parlamentarismus” (published in two parts, Vienna 2000), the parliamentary history of the Habsburg Monarchy since 1848 is a central research focus of the Commission.

Currently, two interconnected research projects are under way. A biographical dictionary of the Austrian parliaments from 1848 to 1918 compiles the personal, social and political biographies of some 3,500 members serving in the central parliaments in Vienna in this time. Based on this data, a collective biography of the Austrian parliaments of the time will analyze the structure, organization and working of the central legislative bodies of the late imperial Austria.

Originally, the Research Group was titled the Commission for the History of the Habsburg Monarchy and was part of the Austrian Academy of the Science's Center for Modern and Contemporary History. Since the beginning of 2013, the Commission has become a research group which became part of a newly created institute.