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Austria's International Position after the End of the Cold War

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Günter Bischof
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Ferdinand Karlhofer

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Thomas König. Die Frühgeschichte des Fulbright Program in Österreich: Transatlantische "Fühlungnahme auf dem Gebiet der Erziehung" (Transatlantica 6)

Innsbruck: StudienVerlag. 2012

Berndt Ostendorf

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The book under review chronicles the early history of the Fulbright program in Austria, with a special focus on the formation of a transatlantic educational network and its impact on the Austrian system of higher education. A young Viennese political scientist, Thomas König, tells the story of the battle for the hearts and minds of the Austrian post-war academic elite. His inquiry has a dual thrust: It provides an important chapter on American cultural diplomacy in the early Cold War, and secondly, it offers a robust critique of the post-war history of Austrian higher education and its intrigue-ridden academic politics.

The book helps to understand the political choreography of the postwar period. During the Korean War the battle lines of the larger East-West conflict had hardened considerably; the Cold War became hotter, and as a consequence, the western occupying forces began the militarization of the occupation zones — a clear signal of the American determination to prevent Austri...

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