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The Afterlife of Austria-Hungary

The Image of the Hapsburg Monarchy in Interwar Europe

by Adam Kozuchowski

Publication Year: 2013

The Afterlife of Austria-Hungary examines histories, journalism, and literature in the period between world wars to expose both the positive and the negative treatment of the Habsburg monarchy following its dissolution and the powerful influence of fiction and memory over history. Originally published in Polish, Adam Kozuchowski’s study analyzes the myriad factors that contributed to this phenomenon.

Published by: University of Pittsburgh Press

Front Cover

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p. C-C

Title Page, Copyright

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pp. i-iv


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pp. v-vi

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pp. vii-x

The present edition is based on the book published in Polish in 2009 by the Institute of History of the Polish Academy of Sciences and Neriton Press. While working on the English translation I have revisited the original edition, eliminated one chapter, reorganized and shortened ...

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pp. 1-22

Austria-Hungary ceased to exist almost a hundred years ago. The oldest generation of Central Europeans can remember it from their parents’ and grandparents’ stories. The majority of them learned about it in high school and associates the monarchy with its few royals, ...

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Chapter One: Austria-Hungary in Historiography

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pp. 23-65

The following three chapters of this book discuss three genres of historical writing about Austria-Hungary: academic historiography, political essays, and literary fiction. One of my goals is to demonstrate that the interpretations expressed by these genres are complementary, and that they fuse in an image of the monarchy that would not be ...

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Chapter Two: Austria-Hungary in Essayism and Political Theory

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pp. 66-107

The frontiers of historiography as a genre have always been leaky. Interwar historians wrote multivolume books, just as their novelist contemporaries did, but their language had not yet been as professionalized as it is today, and they addressed a broad public of nonspecialists as well. They used standard vocabulary and ...

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Chapter Three: Austria-Hungary in Literary Fiction

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pp. 108-148

Many literary theorists emphasize that the most characteristic feature of literary fiction is that it constantly deceives us and questions our capacity to understand the world around us—or, more precisely, that the world of fiction is not like ours. In this chapter I propose a more naïve reading of literature dealing with the Austro- Hungarian past, arguing that it can tell us a lot about past realities,...

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Chapter Four: The Empire Epitomized: Franz Joseph

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pp. 149-165

In narratives about Austria-Hungary the person of Emperor Franz Joseph is omnipresent. Apart from his numerous biographers, he inspired political and cultural historians, essayists, authors of fiction, and memoirists. It may seem that for interwar authors, writing on any aspect of the Austro-Hungarian past without discussing his role was scarcely possible. Indeed, it appears that he symbolized his country...

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pp. 166-190

It is time to comment again on the objectives of this book. Its purpose has been to reconstruct interwar discourse on Austria-Hungary and determine the mechanisms of its development, particularly the flow of ideas between various genres. I have intended to identify the points that make this discourse exceptional and those that are typical for historical...


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pp. 191-204


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pp. 205-214


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pp. 215-222

Back Cover

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E-ISBN-13: 9780822979173
E-ISBN-10: 0822979179
Print-ISBN-13: 9780822962656
Print-ISBN-10: 0822962659

Page Count: 200
Illustrations: 14 b& w Illustrations
Publication Year: 2013