The Ambivalence of Identity: The Austrian Experience of Nation-building in a Modern Society

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Purdue University Press, 2001 - History - 227 pages
The Ambivalence of Identity examines nation-building in Austria and uses the Austrian experience to explore the conceptual foundations of nationhood. Traditionally, Hapsburg, Austria, has provided the background for these works. In the course of this study it should become clear that Republican Austria is as valuable in understanding national identity as its monarchic predecessor. Historical interpretations to Austrian nation-building gives the Austrian experience special relevance for the larger debate about the nature of history. Such aspects in the analysis of the post-war Austrian nation-building are the role of consciousness during the building process, the role of neighboring countries, and the role of World War II.

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1 NationBuilding and Postwar Austria An Introduction
Catalyst or Precondition The Socioeconomic Environment of Austrian NationBuilding
The Writing of History and National Imagery The Intellectual Foundations of Austrian NationBuilding
The Institutional Instruments of NationBuilding
Measuring Identity Austrian National Consciousness in the Mirror of Public Opinion
Austrian Nation Formation and the Theory of Nationhood A Conclusion

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About the author (2001)

Peter Thaler is associate professor of history at the University of Southern Denmark. He holds a Ph.D. in history and a Ph.D. in Scandinavian studies from the University of Minnesota, as well as, a doctorate of law from the University of Vienna.

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