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Ana Maria & Ioan Cristinel Roman Negoi, Un istoric al Europei de Est. William Coxe și lucrarea sa ”History of the House of Austria” din 1807

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A historian of Eastern Europe. William Coxe and his book “History of the House of Austria” from 1807.

William Coxe is a leading English traveller and memorialist who in the late eighteenth century and early nineteenth century, published a series of books about Central and Eastern Europe. Born in London in 1747 and educated at Eton College, William Coxe was able to visit on several occasions this geographical area, as guardian of some young men, members of English aristocratic families. All his travels and experiences were published by the author in various papers, most of them having a strong historical and memorialist character. His work “History of the House of Austria, from The Foundation Of The Monarchy by Rhodolph of Hapsburgh, The Death of Leopold The Second: 1218 … to .. 1792” was published in two volumes in London in 1807. The above mentioned book is William Coxe’s most important historical work and, by its magnitude, paves the way for the Anglo-Saxon historiography which systematically dealt with the Habsburg Empire history . His book also contains original documents, though his own writing is of the dullest manner and shows no higher qualities than those of the conscientious analyst. This paper aims to follow the manner in which the author and the Anglo-Saxon world perceived the political relations between the House of Habsburg and the Principality of Transylvania in the early nineteenth century. In this first article, it shows some information about the author and this book.
Keywords: William Coxe, House of Habsburg, Transylvania, english historiography, the Habsburg reformism

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