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Catherine Horel has undertaken a comparative analysis of the societal, ethnic, and cultural diversity in the last decades of the Habsburg Monarchy as represented in twelve cities: Arad, Bratislava, Brno, Chernivtsi, Lviv, Oradea, Rijeka, Sarajevo, Subotica, Timișoara, Trieste, and Zagreb. By purposely selecting these cities, the author aims to counter the disproportionate attention that the largest cities in the empire receive.

With a focus on the aspects of everyday life faced by the city inhabitants (associations, schools, economy, and municipal politics) the book avoids any idealization of the monarchy as a paradise of peaceful multiculturalism, and also avoids exaggerating conflicts. The author claims that the world of the Habsburg cities was a dynamic space where many models coexisted and created vitality, emulation, and conflict. Modernization brought about the dissolution of old structures, but also mobility, the progress of education, the explosion of associative life, and constantly growing cultural offerings.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vi-viii
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  1. List of Figures
  2. pp. ix-xi
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  1. List of Tables
  2. pp. xiii-xiv
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  1. Note on the spelling of city names
  2. pp. xv-xvii
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-22
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  1. CHAPTER ONE: Midsize Cities in Austria-Hungary
  2. pp. 23-62
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  1. CHAPTER TWO: Austro-Hungarian Tower of Babel:The City and Its Languages
  2. pp. 63-106
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  1. CHAPTER THREE: Bells and Church Towers: The Confessional Diversity
  2. pp. 107-159
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  1. CHAPTER FOUR: Schools: Places to Learn Multiculturalism or Factories of The Nation?
  2. pp. 161-228
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  1. CHAPTER FIVE: Cultural Institutions: Multiculturalism and National Discourse
  2. pp. 229-320
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  1. CHAPTER SIX: Spaces and Landscapes of the City
  2. pp. 321-388
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  1. CHAPTER SEVEN: Politics in the City
  2. pp. 389-450
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  1. CHAPTER EIGHT: Sharing the City
  2. pp. 451-490
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  1. Conclusion
  2. pp. 491-496
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  1. Appendix
  1. Statistics
  2. pp. 497-503
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  1. Polyglossia in Hungarian towns
  2. pp. 504-506
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 507-538
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 539-556
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  1. Back cover
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