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 ====== Austria (Look to the West) ====== ====== Austria (Look to the West) ======
  
-Although legally '​Austria'​ is a somewhat amorphous term throughout the 18th century, it is commonly used to describe the whole of the Hapsburg domains that existed within the boundary of the Holy Roman Empire. This in fact consists of the Archduchy of Austria in addition to the Kingdom of Bohemia and a number of more minor states in complex personal unions with each other. ​+Although legally '​Austria'​ is a somewhat amorphous term throughout the 18th century, it is commonly used to describe the whole of the Hapsburg domains that existed within the boundary of the [[Holy Roman Empire ​(Look to the West)|Holy Roman Empire]]. This in fact consists of the Archduchy of Austria in addition to the Kingdom of Bohemia and a number of more minor states in complex personal unions with each other. ​
  
-Matters are complicated further by the fact that the Hapsburg Archduke of Austria was also Holy Roman Emperor, but the authority of that title had become almost meaningless by the 18th century. However, the Emperor retained more power relative to OTL, because [[Prussia]]'​s rise to prominence was largely averted and no other German state was powerful enough to challenge Austria directly. In the 1770s and 1780s, Hapsburg power grew to the extent that the Emperor could be said once more to, at least in some ways, command all of Germany: yet that shortlived unity blew apart in the [[Jacobin Wars]]. ​+Matters are complicated further by the fact that the Hapsburg Archduke of Austria was also Holy Roman Emperor, but the authority of that title had become almost meaningless by the 18th century. However, the Emperor retained more power relative to OTL, because [[Prussia (Look to the West)|Prussia]]'​s rise to prominence was largely averted and no other German state was powerful enough to challenge Austria directly. In the 1770s and 1780s, Hapsburg power grew to the extent that the Emperor could be said once more to, at least in some ways, command all of Germany: yet that shortlived unity blew apart in the [[Jacobin Wars]]. ​
  
-Austria fought in most of the wars of the 18th century, and in 1783 peacefully acquired the Electorate of Bavaria when its last Wittelsbach ruler died and the heir, Charles Theodore, conceded the throne in exchange for the Austrian Netherlands,​ which became [[Flanders]]. ​+Austria fought in most of the wars of the 18th century, and in 1783 peacefully acquired the Electorate of [[Bavaria (Look to the West)|Bavaria]] when its last Wittelsbach ruler died and the heir, Charles Theodore, conceded the throne in exchange for the Austrian Netherlands,​ which became [[Flanders (Look to the West)|Flanders]]. ​
  
 In the Jacobin Wars, Austria was Revolutionary [[France (Look to the West)#​France]]'​s main foe initially, and took the brunt of the Republican armies, almost being destroyed in the process. The fact that the Austrians barely managed to survive themselves, and were then jumped upon by the opportunistic [[Ottoman Empire (Look to the West)#​Ottoman Empire]], meant that the French were able to run riot in the rest of Germany. The German states therefore became increasingly resentful of the lack of Austrian protection, especially the Imperial Cities and ecclesiastical states that were mediatised by their more powerful neighbours in the name of defending them from the French. Thus the death of the Holy Roman Empire was indeed sealed by Emperor Ferdinand IV's outburst in the Reichstag in Regensburg. ​ In the Jacobin Wars, Austria was Revolutionary [[France (Look to the West)#​France]]'​s main foe initially, and took the brunt of the Republican armies, almost being destroyed in the process. The fact that the Austrians barely managed to survive themselves, and were then jumped upon by the opportunistic [[Ottoman Empire (Look to the West)#​Ottoman Empire]], meant that the French were able to run riot in the rest of Germany. The German states therefore became increasingly resentful of the lack of Austrian protection, especially the Imperial Cities and ecclesiastical states that were mediatised by their more powerful neighbours in the name of defending them from the French. Thus the death of the Holy Roman Empire was indeed sealed by Emperor Ferdinand IV's outburst in the Reichstag in Regensburg. ​
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