Jenseits von Ost-West:

Räumliche Entwicklungshierarchien in der Habsburgermonarchie im 17. und 18. Jahrhundert


  • Klemens Kaps Institut für Sozial- und Wirtschaftsgeschichte, Johannes Kepler Universität Linz



Habsburgermonarchie, regional disparities, early-modern economy, proto-industry, polycentric monarchy, economic regulation


The period between 1648 and 1815 saw an increase in regional disparities throughout the Habs-burg Monarchy. While this was also fostered by the expansion of the Habs-burg dominions at the turn of the 17th to the 18th century, the main causes de-rived from shifting economic activities from mining towards proto-indus-trial textile production. Both domestic market integration and connections to global markets contributed to this development. In contrast to both tra-ditional and current narratives, this article stresses the multiple and com-plex division of labour between core, semiperipheral and peripheral areas in the Monarchy amidst growing regional disparities. Imperial policies that fostered transregional competition supported this process, while discrimina-tory measures as well as the shift of tax burdens towards peripheries caused a growing imbalance of regional development.





Kaps, K. (2020). Jenseits von Ost-West:: Räumliche Entwicklungshierarchien in der Habsburgermonarchie im 17. und 18. Jahrhundert. Österreichische Zeitschrift für Geschichtswissenschaften, 31(2), 43–71.