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What 3 steps did the Hapsburgs take to become absolute monarchs?


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October 26, 2010 12:43AM

First during the Thirty Years' War, they re-conquered Bohemia. The Hapsburgs wiped out Protestantism there and created a new Czech nobility that pledged loyalty to them. Second after the war, the Hapsburg ruler centralized the government and created a standing army. Third, by 1699, the Hapsburgs had retaken Hungary from the Ottoman Empire.