Joseph Patrouch, PhD, MA, BA

Director/Wirth Institute, Faculty of Arts - History & Classics Dept


Director/Wirth Institute, Faculty of Arts - History & Classics Dept
(780) 492-4326
300 Arts Building (Main & Conv Hall)
113 St and 91 Ave
Edmonton AB
T6G 2E6



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.


Recent book reviews:

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

William B. Godsey, The Sinews of Habsburg Power: Lower Austria in a Fiscal-Military State, 1650-1820. German History 36 (2018) 633-34.

Bettina Braun, Katrin Keller, and Matthias Schnettger, editors, Nur die Frau des Kaisers? Kaiserinnen in der Frühen Neuzeit. Austrian History Yearbook 49 (2018) 291-92.

James D. Tracy, Balkan Wars: Habsburg Croatia, Ottoman Bosnia, and Venetian Dalmatia, 1499-1617. Journal of World History 29:1 (2018) 115-18.

Public Lectures:

"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.



Winter Term 2020:

HIST 310 "History of the Habsburg Monarchy".

Graduate Directed Study: "Modern Habsburg History"

Undergraduate Directed Study: "Czechs, Slovaks, and Poles in Canada in the BCATP during WWII"

Undergraduate Honours Directed Study: "German National Identity and Mozart's Abduction from the Seraglio"


The Wirth Institute office has been closed. Prof. Patrouch will be teaching his courses for the remainder of the term in a fully online format. Please contact him for further information.


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 2021


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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