I can’t say, that I find it easy to jump from the Middle Ages into the 19th and 20th century. It’s a lot to deal with: New kind of sources, methods, different traditions how to address issues – it’s difficult, but fun and inspiring nonetheless.
The pandemic didn’t made it easier to enjoy the best parts of our profession. That’s why I’m very grateful, that I had the chance to travel to Vienna for a couple of days. Looking into the first material for my new project in the beautiful HHStA was very motivating and just beeing the heart of the Habsburg Monarchy helped a lot to get a feeling for my new field of research. Never felt so royal when entering a library… So here are some impressions I would like to share.