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From Empire to Republic

Peter Berger
Günter Bischof
Fritz Plasser


Introduction: Boundaries and Transitions in Modern Austrian History

John W. Boyer

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In thinking about the kind invitation to write a short introduction to this year’s edition of the Contemporary Austrian Studies, which focuses on the history of the Austrian First Republic, I was struck by the fact that on both sides of the First Republic a great deal of fascinating scholarly work has emerged in the last fifteen to twenty years.1 For example, the historiography of the Habsburg Empire has been enriched recently by historians interested in identity and memory — highly topical in the age of post-Maastricht Europeanisms — who are concerned with the often oblique and obtuse quality of ethnic-national personhood. Other scholars of the Empire have emphasized the sturdiness and success of regional politics in the late Empire, emphasizing how precocious and creative local, regional, and even state-level politicians and political organizations were in expanding the sphere of political communications and public interest articulations relating to vital civic issues between 1880...


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