William Nuitter: The Storming of the Bastille, after a painting by Henry Singleton, stipple engraving, 1.3.1792

The Monarchy in Upheaval

An Arduous Route towards a Constitution


In the Habsburg Monarchy the people had been vigorously demanding a constitution, or regulated body of laws, since 1848. But how could the Emperor met these demands without giving up too much of his power? Concessions, revocations and modifications to the draft constitutions demonstrate how difficult it was to reconcile absolutist rule with the aspirations of the people. The people, similarly, could not always agree on what a constitution should look like.

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