Empire and Identity
Biographies of the Austrian State Problem in the Late Habsburg Empire
Publication Year: 2008
Published by: Purdue University Press
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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�gil of Lund University, who supported my work during its early years, when few people in the Swedish historical profession...
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This book by the Swedish historian Fredrik Lindstr�m makes an important contribution to a growing body of scholarship which is reassessing elite and popular thinking about the Habsburg state during the last decades before 1918. The recurring political crises in various provincial diets, in the Austrian and Hungarian parliaments, and in the ministerial councils deeply impressed observers at the time, both at home...
Introduction: Biographies of the Austrian State Problem
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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...
Part One: Ernest von Koerber (Heinrich Friedjung): The Problem of the Austrian State
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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...
Part Two: Hugo von Hofmannsthal (Leopold von Andrian): The Problem of the Austrian Culture
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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...
Part Three: Josef Redlich (Karl Renner): The Problem of the Austrian People(s)
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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,...
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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
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Page Count: 233
Publication Year: 2008
Series Title: Central European Studies
Series Editor Byline: Charles W. Ingrao, Gary B. Cohen, Franz Szabo