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or Haps·burg  (hăps′bûrg′, häps′bo͝ork′)
A royal German family that supplied rulers to a number of European states from the late Middle Ages until the 1900s. The Habsburgs reached the height of their power under Charles V of Spain. When Charles abdicated (1558), the empire split into the Spanish and Austrian lines. The Spanish branch ceased to rule after 1700 and the Austrian branch after 1918.
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(Biography) the German name for Hapsburg
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or Habs•burg

(ˈhæps bɜrg)

a German princely family, prominent since the 13th century, that has furnished sovereigns to the Holy Roman Empire, Austria, Spain, etc.
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Noun1.Habsburg - a royal German family that provided rulers for several European states and wore the crown of the Holy Roman Empire from 1440 to 1806Habsburg - a royal German family that provided rulers for several European states and wore the crown of the Holy Roman Empire from 1440 to 1806
dynasty - a sequence of powerful leaders in the same family
royal family, royal house, royal line, royalty - royal persons collectively; "the wedding was attended by royalty"
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With a second glance, however, we can see that virtually every single successor state to the Habsburgs is now a member of the American-led North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), a status which each one of them desperately sought in order to receive protection, if and when the power and imperial ambitions of Russia (or perhaps of Germany) would one day once again revive.
Particularly informative is Jan van Damme's discussion of the commission of the King's window and the dynamics of patronage under the Habsburgs. The author addresses the tradition of Habsburg rulers donating windows to major Netherlandish churches that included Gouda's Sint Janskerk.
This book is the last written by a fervent admirer, biographer and chronicler of the latter Habsburgs, Gordon Brook-Shepherd, who died on January 24th this year.
Andrew Wheatcroft's elegant and learned study of the Habsburgs shows that, in their case, this was nothing new.
Thus the arc of the study runs from the brutalizing stridency of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, which figured the invading Ottomans as the Habsburgs' mortal enemy and the scourge of Christianity, to the caricaturing of "the Turk" during the eighteenth century into a derogatory figure of fun, and thence to the construction of a more completely orientalized "other" of the nineteenth century.
Even though this conflict formed a central thread of their politics, the Habsburgs did not think it necessary to cultivate expertise about Ottoman culture or Islam.
Much like the Habsburgs, we see a certain sanctity in symbols.
The war or series of connected wars began in 1618 when the Austrian Habsburgs tried to impose Roman Catholicism on their Protestant subjects in Bohemia.
Wess Mitchell shows how the Habsburgs successfully managed and outlasted numerous great power challenges across multiple fronts and with limited resources -- and how the Habsburg model can usefully inform American strategy today," says Colin Dueck, author of " The Obama Doctrine: American Grand Strategy Today ," in comments published in the Princeton University Press website.
Twilight of Empire: The Tragedy at Mayerling and the End of the Habsburgs, Greg King and Penny Wilson, St Martin's Press, 273 pages
That is not to say, however, that they became Polish or Ruthenian nationalists; Vushko's study reinforces the idea that the Austrian Habsburgs did a better job of securing and retaining the loyalty of their partitions' inhabitants than did the Prussians or the Russians.