- May 2014
And how different was the Austrian Empire of the 17th century from that of the A-H in the 19th? In fact, wasn't Austria part of the HRE in the 17th? If you are using the 17th century as your yard stick, the comparison isn't close. Most people with any choice would have preferred to reside in the PLC in the 17th century. It was probably the most enlightened place in Europe at that time.