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European Studies Program lecture to present new perspective on Habsburg Empire

10:23 a.m., Nov. 30, 2015--Franz Leander Fillafer of the European University Institute in Florence, Italy, will present a new perspective on the Habsburg monarchy in a lecture at 4 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 3, in Room 117 Memorial Hall on the University of Delaware’s Newark campus.

The talk, “The Enlightened Monarchy: The Habsburg Empire and the European Restoration, 1815-1848,” is presented by UD’s European Studies Program and is free and open to the public.

While the Habsburg monarchy is usually portrayed as a ramshackle and gridlocked regime, Fillafer will examine the history of scholarship, science and society in the first half of the 19th century and offer a new perspective on Habsburg intellectual life and imperial governance. In doing so, he will emphasize the legacies of the Enlightenment that spawned early liberalism and conservatism.

Fillafer is a historian of Central and Western Europe whose work has focused on the Renaissance and the Enlightenment. After holding positions in Göttingen, Cambridge and London, he has served as a fellow and postdoctoral researcher at the University of Konstanz since 2009.

In London and Konstanz, he taught a variety of subjects in early modern and modern European history. Apart from his core interests in the 18th and 19th centuries, he studies 20th-century intellectual history, mostly focused on Germany and East Central Europe after 1945, as well as on the history of music.

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