Joseph Patrouch, PhD, MA, BA

Professor, Faculty of Arts - History & Classics Dept


Professor, Faculty of Arts - History & Classics Dept
(780) 492-4568
2-61 Tory (H.M.) Building
11211 Saskatchewan Drive NW
Edmonton AB
T6G 2H4

Tuesdays 11-1 and by appointment


Area of Study / Keywords

early modern European history Holy Roman Empire Habsburg Dynasty


I am a historian of Early Modern Europe, with a particular interest in the Holy Roman Empire and the lands ruled by members of the Habsburg Dynasty, both inside the Empire and elsewhere around Europe and the world. My primary chronological period of research concentration is between approximately 1550 and 1650.

Additional research interests include the roles of Habsburg women and their courts in early modern Europe, as well as early modern empire and urban studies. I have experience directing a program in Public History and am also interested in museum studies.

My current research project centers on the imagined and experienced landscapes of the Holy Roman Empire in the 1560's and 1570's.

Potential graduate students wishing to work with me in one of the above or related fields are encouraged to contact me well in advance of the admission application deadline.



"Exploring Central European History"

"Conversations about Austria"

Recent book reviews

William D. Godsey and Veronika Hyden-Hanscho, editors, Das Haus Arenberg und die Habsburgermonarchie. Central European History 54:2 (2021) 371-74.

Rubén González Cuerva and Alexander Koller, editors, A Europe of Courts, a Europe of Factions: Political Groups at Early Modern Centres of Power (1550–1700). Renaissance Quarterly 73:3 (2020) 1034-35.

Julia Hodapp, Habsburgerinnen und Konfessionalisierung im spaeten 16. Jahrhundert. Francia recensio 2019:4.

Public Presentations

Commentator, [Online] Panel Discussion: "Border Crossings in the Old Regime: Transregional Perspectives on the Habsburg Low Countries and Austria," Institute for European Studies, University of California, Berkeley, May, 2021. [With Violet Soen, Sophie Verreyken, and Jeroen Dewolf.] Available on YouTube at

“The Jewish Pasts of Tyrol and Austrian Memory Politics of Today” [Online], Edmonton Jewish Film Festival, May, 2021.

"Oesterreich-Ungarn in Waffen": Curators' Tours of Photography Exhibit, Rutherford South Library, 10 January and February 26, 2020.

"Opera 101: Mozart's 'Marriage of Figaro," Edmonton Opera, 15 January, 2020.



Fall Term 2021:

HIST 212: Early Modern Europe

HIST 401/HIST 614: Women of the Habsburg Dynasty

Winter Term 2022:

HIST 290: Introduction to History as a Discipline

HIST 310 History of the Habsburg Monarchy


Tuesdays from 11-1 in Tory 2-61 and by appointment. Online meetings are also possible.


HIST 212 - Early Modern Europe

A survey of European history from approximately 1200 to 1800.

Fall Term 2021
HIST 290 - Introduction to History as a Discipline

Introduction to the basic concepts of historical inquiry and techniques of research and writing in History. Course includes lectures and discussions. Required for History majors. Prerequisite: A previous course in History or consent of the Department.

Winter Term 2022
HIST 310 - A History of the Habsburg Monarchy, 1526-1918

The multinational empire of the Habsburgs from the unification of Austria, Bohemia and Hungary to the destruction of the empire in World War I.

Winter Term 2022
HIST 401 - Topics in the History of the Habsburg Monarchy

Prerequisite: *3 in HIST at the 300-level or consent of Department.

Fall Term 2021
HIST 498 - Directed Study

Prerequisite: *3 in HIST at the 300-level or consent of Department.

Fall Term 2021
HIST 614 - Topics in the History of Medieval and Early Modern Europe

Fall Term 2021

Browse more courses taught by Joseph Patrouch


Early Modern Habsburg Women: Transnational Contexts, Cultural Conflicts, Dynastic Continuities
Author(s): Anne, J. Cruz and Maria Galli Stampino, editors
Publication Date: 2013
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Queen's Apprentice: Archduchess Elizabeth, Empress Maria, the Habsburgs and the Holy Roman Empire, 1554-1569
Author(s): Joseph F. Patrouch
Publication Date: 2010
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"The Making of Five Images of the Habsburg Monarchy: Before Nation there was Agglutination"
Author(s): Joseph F. Patrouch
Publication Date: 2009
Publication: Austrian History Yearbook
Volume: 40
Page Numbers: 91-98
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Understanding Vienna: Pathways into the City
Author(s): Heinz Fassmann, Gerhard Hatz, Joseph F. Patrouch
Publication Date: 2006
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A Negotiated Settlement: The Counter-Reformation in Austria under the Habsburgs
Author(s): Joseph F. Patrouch
Publication Date: 2000
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Salt, Sword, and Crozier: Books and Coins from the Prince-Bishopric of Salzburg (c.1500-c.1800)
Author(s): Felice Lifshitz, Joseph F. Patrouch
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