Polemical Austria

The Rhetorics of National Identity from Empire to the Second Republic

Author(s): Anthony Bushell

Language: English

Genre(s): History

  • June 2013 · 288pages · 216x138mm

  • ·Hardback - 9780708326046
  • · eBook - epub - 9781783165636
  • · eBook - mobi - 9781783165643
  • · eBook - pdf - 9780708326053

About The Book

This book maps the remarkable story of Austria's transition from Empire to modern Republic, and the language that reflects that violent history within Europe's own turbulent past.


"Based on literary, historical, and political texts, this book helps with deconstructing the process of the formation of an Austrian identity, which shrunk from an imperial entity to a small narrow subject in the twentieth century. The author analyzes this process not only through the lenses of the capital Vienna, but from the perspective of the nine provinces. This is a laudable benefit of his study and marks a new approach in the field of Austrian studies. A necessary and inspiring book for everyone engaged with Austria and the wider German culture."--Wolfgang Weber, Innsbruck University


Part One: Towards a Theory of Austria 1 Felix Austria? 2 Locating Austria 3 Austria and Concepts of Identity Part Two: Writing Austria 4 Austria’s Identity and the Response to Revolution 5 Vienna: Print and Pre-eminence Part Three: Austria: Revived, Reviled, Revised 6 Failure at the First Attempt: the First Republic 7 Austrian Identity and the Impediments of History 8 Voicing Austria in the Second Republic 9 Challenging and Confirming Identity in the Second Republic

About the Author(s)

Anthony Bushell

Anthony Bushell is Professor of Modern Languages (German) at Bangor University and a Visiting Scholar at St John's College, University of Oxford.

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