Ana Maria ROMAN NEGOI
Universitatea ,,1 Decembrie 1918” din Alba Iulia, Departamentul de Istorie, Arheologie şi Muzeologie, str. Nicolae Iorga, nr.11-13, Alba Iulia, România, tel: +40258-811412/205
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An interesting British perspective from the early nineteenth century in his work „History of the House of Austria” on Russian-Austrian-Turkish War of 1787-1792
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 how the author and the Anglo-Saxon perceived political relations between the House of Habsburg and the Principality of Transylvania in the nineteenth century from the perspective of Russian-Austrian-Turkish war of 17871792 period.
Keyword: William Coxe, House of Habsburg, Transylvania, english historiography, the Habsburg reformism, Russian-Austrian-Turkish war
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