Joseph Patrouch, PhD, MA, BA

Professor, Faculty of Arts - History, Classics, & Religion Dept


Professor, Faculty of Arts - History, Classics, & Religion 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.


Recent book reviews

Peter Thaler, Protestant Resistance in Counterreformation Austria, Austrian History Yearbook 53 (2022) 221-223.

Luca Scholz, Borders & Freedom of Movement in the Holy Roman Empire, for H-Empire (March, 2022).

Dawn Hollis and Jason Koenig, editors, Mountain Dialogues from Antiquity to Modernity, Mountain Research and Development 42:1 (2022) M-M2.

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


"Exploring Central European History"

"Conversations about Austria"

Public Presentations

"Walt Disney did not invent “Bambi: ”The Story behind Felix Salten (aka Siegmund Salzmann), the Viennese Jew who wrote
Bambi: A Story of Life in the Forest in 1922” [Online], Adult Education Program, Beth Shalom Synagogue, Edmonton, January, 2023.

"Monuments and Museums: How Austrians are Dealing with their Pasts Today" [Online], Adult Education Program, Beth Shalom Synagogue, Edmonton, January, 2022.

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.


Winter Term, 2023:

HIST 212: Early Modern Europe

HIST 310: History of the Habsburg Monarchy


Recently released: "Sisters, cousins, nieces, nephews, (and an aunt): The female dynastic contexts of Archduke Ferdinand in the transitional year of 1567," pp. 149-68 in Sylva Dobalová and Jaroslava Hausenblasová, eds., Archduke Ferdinand II of Austria: A Second-Born Son in Renaissance Europe (Vienna: Austrian Academy of Sciences, 2021).


HIST 212 - Early Modern Europe

A survey of European history from approximately 1200 to 1800.

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.

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.

HIST 420 - Topics in the History of Early Modern Europe

Thematic studies in European cultural, religious, and social history emphasizing popular culture and religion. Prerequisite: *3 in HIST at the 300-level or consent of Department.

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

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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