Joseph II Habsburg-Lothringen

Joseph Benedikt Anton Michael Adam Habsburg-Lothringen (1741 - 1790)

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Joseph Benedikt Anton Michael Adam (Joseph II) "Holy Roman Emperor, King of Germany, Archduke of Austria, King of Hungary and Croatia, King of Bohemia" Habsburg-Lothringen
Born in Schönbrunn Palace, Vienna, Austriamap
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Died in Vienna, Austriamap
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Joseph II (Joseph Benedikt Anton Michael Adam; 13 March 1741 – 20 February 1790) was Holy Roman Emperor from 1765 to 1790 and ruler of the Habsburg lands from 1780 to 1790. He was the eldest son of Empress Maria Theresa and her husband, Francis I, and was the brother of Marie Antoinette. He was thus the first ruler in the Austrian dominions of the House of Lorraine, styled Habsburg-Lorraine (von Habsburg-Lothringen in German). Joseph was a proponent of enlightened absolutism; however, his commitment to modernizing reforms subsequently engendered significant opposition, which eventually culminated in an ultimate failure to fully implement his programmes. He has been ranked, with Catherine II of Russia and Frederick II of Prussia, as one of the three great Enlightenment monarchs.[1] His policies are now known as Josephinism. He died with no sons and was succeeded by his younger brother, Leopold.[1]


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Joseph II, Holy Roman Emperor
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