Central European history: any book recommendations?Watch
by Christopher Munro Clark is a good book. other than that, these may be good:
The Thirty Years War: Europe's Tragedy by Peter H. Wilson
A Nervous Splendor: Vienna 1888-1889 by Frederic Morton
Poland: A History by Adam Zamoyski
it doesn't really seem like there are any good books in English extensively covering the Austro-Hungarian Empire/the Habspurgs . There are books about specific events (e.g. the Congress of Vienna) as well as wars with others (e.g. the Ottomans). There are far more books about Austria-Hungary in the 1900-1914 period! (as well as the culture of fin de siècle Vienna). I think anything I've ever read about AH history-wise has come from general histories covering the whole of Europe.
For maps I recommend this website, I've actually given you a link to a 19th cent map of the Austro-Hungarian Monarchy in the 19th cent.
I absolutely loved this book in the library, but given its retail price, I could send you some scanned pages if you want
"Seedtime for Fascism: The Disintegration of Austrian Political Culture, 1867-1918" by George V Strong.
For Poland I think I have a personal bibliography of at least 2 pages, but most of them are about WW2, given that I had to write an essay about the life of Polish citizens under Nazi occupation (the title was very well thought, as it didn't necessarily refer to Jewish Poles, good thing I figured it out in time )
For Germany I recommend this website, yay for peer reviewed freebies
Textbooks are not that bad either, Merriman's "A History Of Modern Europe" is pretty much centered on Central Europe and Britain, despite the title. I realised that books whose authors have specialised in a particular region can be a bit biased, especially if the author was also involved in the Foreign Office or any other political spectrum (I'm talking about you, Mr. E. H. Carr)