Exploring Austria: Multiculturalism in the Habsburg Empire
Saturday, April 14, 2007 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
710 Social Sciences Building
University of Minnesota (West Bank)
Russell Christensen, professor, Department of Modern Languages and Literatures, Hamline University
Teachers earn 1 CEU in this workshop
For secondary teachers of civics, geography, history, social studies, Jewish studies, German studies, music and art history, this workshop will focus on highlights of the thousand-year history of Austria. The empire, which eventually embraced eleven major language groups, became a multi-cultural project that succeeded as often by strategic marriage arrangements and compromises as by means of war. By the 1780s, the Habsburgs had already abolished serfdom. At the same time, when the Empire’s population numbered nearly fifty million, they provided for the education of all males up to the age of fourteen.
The workshop will focus not only major events in the history of the Austro-Hungarian Monarchy, such as the defeat of the Turks, but also on some of the notable personalities such as Maria Theresa, Mozart, and Freud. It will emphasize the later years of the empire, examining science, literature, social policy, architecture, multiculturalism, psychology, music, Judaica, the Turkish encounters, and the Spanish Habsburgs.
The workshop’s aim is to evaluate both the successes and failures of an empire that was greatly hated but also greatly loved. Class size limited.