The formation of modern European states during the long 19th century was a complicated process, challenged by the integration of widely different territories and populations. “The Science of State Power in the Habsburg Monarchy, 1790-1880” builds on recent research to investigate the history of statistics as an overlooked part of the sciences of the state in Habsburg legal education as well as within the broader public sphere. By exploring the practices and social spaces of statistics, author Borbála Zsuzsanna Török uncovers its central role in imagining the composite Habsburg Monarchy as a modern and unified administrative space.

Borbala Zsuzsanna Török is Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Austrian Historical Studies, University of Vienna. She is the author of “Exploring Transylvania: Geographies of Knowledge and Entangled Histories of a Multiethnic Province, 1790–1914” (Brill, 2015). She co-edited “Berechnen/Beschreiben: Praktiken statistischen (Nicht-)Wissens 1750–1850” (Duncker & Humblot, 2015) with Gunhild Berg and Marcus Twellmann, as well as “Negotiating Knowledge in Early-Modern Empires: A Decentered View” (Palgrave, 2014) with László Kontler, Antonella Romano, and Silvia Sebastiani.

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