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Austrian Lives

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Günter Bischof
, 
Fritz Plasser
, 
Eva Maltschnig

Political lives

A century in a Lifetime: Biographical Approaches to Bruno Keisky (1911-1990)

Elisabeth Röhrlich

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If Austria had a Mount Rushmore, Bruno Kreisky most likely would be sculpted in it. He was the longest standing Austrian federal chancellor in the history of the Second Republic, and the thirteen years of his government (1970-1983) mark a period of societal reforms, liberalization, and internationalization. In retrospect, the picture of Kreisky’s chancellorship seems to shine even brighter, and it is often recalled as a golden era. More than that, Kreisky’s appearance, his way of talking, and the fact that he cultivated the friendship of many artists, musicians, and businessmen, made him the subject of numerous anecdotes. Almost every Austrian seems to know at least a few of these little stories in which Kreisky is the main character and that describe his personality and nature. The anecdotes continue to be narrated in countless ways and, for instance, point to the fact that the Austrian chancellor was listed in Vienna’s telephone directory, that people could call him at home, and t...

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