Stephan Sander-Faes

Stephan Sander-Faes

Research Interest

Office Hours

Fall 2018: Tuesday 1-3 PM


Habilitation (early/modern History) – University of Zurich, 2018 (expected)
Ph.D. (History) – University of Graz, 2011
M.A. (History; Italian) – University of Vienna, 2006

Interests and Research

Stephan Sander-Faes studies Central and Southeastern Europe throughout the early modern and modern period. He is particularly interested in how historical change, widely understood, manifested itself outside the continent’s courtly centres and urban cores. He is the author of two books: Urban Elites of Zadar: Dalmatia and the Venetian Commonwealth, 1540-69 (2013), reconstructs the interrelated issues of socio-economic change and geographical as well as social mobilities. This autumn, a textbook, entitled Europas habsburgischer Moment [Europe’s Habsburg Moment] (2018), that chronicles the dynasty’s ascent from emperors Frederick III (r. 1452-92) to Ferdinand I (r. 1558-64), will appear in print. He is currently working, first, on an English-language version of his professorial thesis, entitled Lordship and State Formation: Bohemia from the Thirty Years’ War to Charles VI, that explores an avenue of political development that differs markedly from that taken by the Habsburg monarchy’s better-known—and better-researched—peers, Britain, France, or Prussia. Second, he is preparing a new research project that incorporates the former’s conceptual approach and applies it to emergence of the modern state in the Austrian Empire during the first half of the 19th century. Before joining Columbia’s History Department, Sander-Faes was working as a Senior Research and Teaching Associate at the University of Zurich, Switzerland, and before that he worked for a year in the Austrian Foreign Service.

 Courses in Fall 2018

  • Austria in the 19th Century: Reassessing the late Habsburg Empire
  • The Rise of the Modern State: State Formation & its Discontents



Lordship and State Formation: Bohemia from the Thirty Years’ War to Charles VI [manuscript in preparation].

Europas habsburgisches Jahrhundert (Darmstadt: WBG, forthcoming [date of publication: Sept., 2018).

Urban Elites of Zadar: Dalmatia and the Venetian Commonwealth, 1540-1569 (Rome: Viella, 2013).

Articles (selection)

‘Staats-Desintegration in Praxis: Krieg, Kredit und Steuern in Böhmen unter Joseph I’, Český časopis historický | Czech Historical Review [accepted for publication].

‘Lordship and State Formation: Bohemia and the Habsburg monarchy from the Thirty Years’ War to Charles VI’, Opera historica 18, no. 1 (2017): 82-99.

‘“To avoid the costs of litigation, the parties compromise…”: Crime, Extrajudicial Settlement, and Punishment in Venetian Dalmatia, c. 1550’, in Venezia e il suo Stato da mar: Atti del convegno internazionale, Venezia, 9-11 marzo 2017/Venice and its Stato da mar: Proceedings of the International Congress, Venice, 9-11 March 2017, ed. Bruno Crevato-Selvaggio (Rome: Società Dalmata di Storia Patria, forthcoming [date of publication: Sept., 2018).

Edited Volumes (selection)

Weltstädte, Metropolen, Megastädte: Dynamiken von Stadt und Raum von der Antike bis zur Gegenwart, eds. Stephan Sander-Faes and Clemens Zimmermann (Ostfildern: Thorbecke, 2018).

Städte im Krieg: Erlebnis, Inszenierung und Erinnerung des Ersten Weltkriegs, eds. Ernst-Otto Bräunche and Stephan Sander-Faes (Ostfildern: Thorbecke, 2016).