Update from Kirsten Cooper

Kirsten Cooper enjoys some Sacher-Torte at the Café Sacher in Vienna.

Kirsten Cooper, Class of 2012, is spending the summer of 2011 doing historical research with the SIRE Summer Research Partner Program. She will work 40 hours per week on two projects: one under the direction of Dr. Tonio Andrade and the other an independent pursuit. She has worked with Dr. Andrade over the past year on his comparative exploration of military development in Europe and Asia, looking specifically to see whether or not the Military Revolution was a purely European phenomenon. Her independent research will focus more on military and diplomatic relations between France and Austria, and their consequences on various facets of society and national consciousness over the approximately 250 years leading up to the Diplomatic Revolution of 1756. She will also study the effects that this event had on the two societies. This research will help inform her upcoming honors thesis. She explains that she “is very excited to get the opportunity to work full time on both of these projects and to spend the summer in our amazing city of Atlanta!” Last summer, she went to Vienna with the German Studies program and began learning German (taking 101 and 102 while abroad), which she has continued at Emory over the past year. She writes, “It was an amazing experience and I absolutely fell in love with the city, its culture, and its history.” As part of her work, she conducted an independent survey course of Austrian and Habsburg History with the help of Robert A. Kann’s A History of the Habsburg Empire, 1526-1918. She enjoyed eating in the Naschmarkt, a lovely open air market with great restaurants, and riding the Strassenbahn through the city.  The obligatory tourist stop at the Café Sacher for their famous Sacher-Torte was a special treat.