Rise of the Habsburg Empire

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This is a general outline of the rise of the Habsburg empire from its formation after the Battle of Mohacs in 1526 to the Congress of Vienna in 1815, when for the first time it acted in a great international forum under its own identity as the empire of Austria. During four centuries of existence the Hapsburg empire affected, for better or worse, not only the destinies of its own peoples but those of Europe as a whole.