'The Storming of the Imperial Armoury'. Armed citizens in the foreground confront troops at the end of a street, print, 1848

Protest & rebel

The Habsburg Monarchy, which spread over geographically diverse areas with a variety of cultures and ethnicities, was based on a social order which was strictly hierarchical. The result was that there were frequent countermovements which shook the existing arrangements of power and government. Peasants, women and students, but also renegade Habsburgs, attempted to rebel, and in some cases they used surprising methods. Who rebelled in the Habsburg Monarchy and what did they rebel against, with what means, with what goals and with what consequences?