We cannot verify your location
Browse Book and Journal Content on Project MUSE

Empire and Identity

Biographies of the Austrian State Problem in the Late Habsburg Empire

by Fredrik Lindström

Publication Year: 2008

The book is organized around three dual political biographies: author and dramatist Hugo von Hofmannsthal is compared and contrasted to the parallel development of Leopold von Andrian; Karl Renner's political theories are examined in their temporal context and juxtaposed to the historical scholarship and political career of Josef Redlich; and the historical works of Heinrich Friedjung and the bureaucratic career of Ernest von Koerber are analyzed as parallel and partly complementing preoccupations with the crisis of the Austrian state around 1900.

Published by: Purdue University Press


pdf iconDownload PDF

Title Page

pdf iconDownload PDF


pdf iconDownload PDF


pdf iconDownload PDF

read more


pdf iconDownload PDF
pp. ix-x

This book began as a doctoral dissertation at Lund University, Sweden, and was finished in 2002. During the years in which I worked on the original dissertation, I received help and advice from many people, too many to enumerate here. However, I incurred a special debt to Professor Sven T

read more


pdf iconDownload PDF
pp. xi-xii

This book by the Swedish historian Fredrik Lindstr

read more

Introduction: Biographies of the Austrian State Problem

pdf iconDownload PDF
pp. 1-27

Josef Redlich, one of the main personalities of this book, spent a large part of his life trying to understand what he variably called “the Austrian problem,” or “the Austrian problem of the state and empire.” When writing the letter from which the above quotation is taken, a few months after the outbreak of World War I, Redlich still felt confident that he would also participate in the political work of finding...

read more

Part One: Ernest von Koerber (Heinrich Friedjung): The Problem of the Austrian State

pdf iconDownload PDF
pp. 29-104

One day in mid-May 1919, the historian and journalist Heinrich Friedjung was probably browsing through the showrooms of the Dorotheum auction house in central Vienna. After leaving the Franz Josef room on the first floor, where the auction of furniture and household goods of the late former imperial Austrian minister president, Ernest von Koerber, was in progress, Friedjung would have gone up to the...

read more

Part Two: Hugo von Hofmannsthal (Leopold von Andrian): The Problem of the Austrian Culture

pdf iconDownload PDF
pp. 105-185

On one of the first days of November 1918, Hugo von Hofmannsthal and his family, in panic, as it seems, left the house in Rodaun, outside of Vienna, in which they had lived since the early years of the 1900s. The perceived threat from escaped Russian prisoners of war during these confused last days of the Austro-Hungarian Empire was exaggerated, as Hugo’s daughter Christiane noted in her diary on the day after...

read more

Part Three: Josef Redlich (Karl Renner): The Problem of the Austrian People(s)

pdf iconDownload PDF
pp. 187-267

In Josef Redlich’s voluminous writing on the Austrian imperial state and its history, his personal identification with the destiny of this state constitutes a strong undercurrent. This is nowhere more evident than in the foreword to those never-finished memoirs that Redlich began writing in his new home in Cambridge, Massachusetts,...

read more


pdf iconDownload PDF
pp. 269-272

In October 1918, Josef Redlich made this sharp observation about how the Josephist state continued functioning fully right through the “dissolution” process; viewed thus, “transition” would probably be a better term to describe this process. However, the view implicit in the observation of a parallel existence of the two Austrias—the old Josephist Zwangsstaat and the new multinational Volksstaat—had been part of...

Sources and Literature

pdf iconDownload PDF
pp. 273-295


pdf iconDownload PDF
pp. 297-311

E-ISBN-13: 9781612490731
E-ISBN-10: 1612490735
Print-ISBN-13: 9781557534644
Print-ISBN-10: 1557534640

Page Count: 233
Publication Year: 2008

OCLC Number: 794927787
MUSE Marc Record: Download for Empire and Identity

Research Areas


UPCC logo

Subject Headings

  • Austria -- Politics and government -- 19th century.
  • Austria -- Biography.
  • Austria -- Intellectual life -- 20th century.
  • Austria -- Intellectual life -- 19th century.
  • Austria -- Politics and government -- 20th century.
  • You have access to this content
  • Free sample
  • Open Access
  • Restricted Access