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Global Austria

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Günter Bischof
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Fritz Plasser

Introduction

Introduction

Anton Pelinka

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Contemporary Austria’s global role has been overshadowed by its past for a long time. As the Habsburg Empire’s successor state with the most visible — especially cultural — links to this empire, Austria had (and perhaps still has) an advantage as well as a disadvantage in the global arena: The small republic is measured by the grand and not so grand accomplishments of one of the largest empires of “Old Europe.” Contemporary Austria also had (and still has) to fight to overcome the shadows of a past — shadows which identify Austria with Nazism and the Holocaust.

With Austria’s European Union membership, a process of normalization could have been expected: Austria became a rather mainstreamed smaller European democracy, following the example of “Western democracy,” and closely linked to its neighbors which — with the exception of Switzerland (and Liechtenstein)— have been EU members from the beginning of the integration process or have become members of the same Union Austria had join...

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