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Robin Okey - Author

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Eastern Europe 1740-1985 Feudalism to Communism

Eastern Europe 1740-1985 Feudalism to Communism

Author: Robin Okey Format: Hardback Release Date: 28/07/2017

`A fascinating book, readable and illuminating.' Times Literary Supplement

Taming Balkan Nationalism The Habsburg 'Civilizing Mission' in Bosnia 1878-1914

Taming Balkan Nationalism The Habsburg 'Civilizing Mission' in Bosnia 1878-1914

Author: Robin Okey Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/09/2007

Concentrating on the politics of the Habsburg Monarchy's self-proclaimed 'cultural mission' in occupied Bosnia in the period from 1878 to the outbreak of war in 1914, Taming Balkan Nationalism addresses two related issues: the impact of 'Europeanization' in a backward society and the crystallization of the identities which have since dominated Bosnian life. On the basis of wide reading in the Austrian, Hungarian, and south Slav sources, including the Hungarian-language papers of the two leading administrators of Bosnia, Benjamin von Kallay and Istvan Burian, Robin Okey provides fresh and wide-ranging perspectives on a whole range of issues, including the 'Orientalist' assumptions of Austrian policy, the struggle of administrators for the moral high ground with nascent Serb and Croat intelligentsias, Kallay's controversial policy of the 'Bosnian nation', and the strategy and personality of the intriguing Burian. He also opens up the hitherto unexplored background to student terrorism in the secondary schools of pre-1914 Bosnia, from which the assassin of Archduke Franz Ferdinand was to emerge. Beyond this immediate historical context, the book also sheds much light on wider issues such as the construction of Serb and Croat nationhood in Bosnia, the beginnings of the Europeanization of Bosnian Muslims, and the new divisions created by the rapid pace of social, economic, and intellectual change as the nineteenth turned into the twentieth century.

The Demise of Communist East Europe 1989 in Context

The Demise of Communist East Europe 1989 in Context

Author: Robin Okey Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/05/2004

This book charts the demise of east European communism and analyses the failure of the communist experiment, the revolutionary events of 1989 and the post-communist aftermath as the legacy of both these processes. The author explains communism's initial ability to survive crises but then its cumulative decline in the face of dissidence, economic weakness and reform movements. By analysing these issues in the context of the regions drive since the nineteenth-century to catch up with western Europe, this book concludes that the events of 1989 can cast light more widely still, on the fortunes of the three great ideas that the continent as a whole derived from revolutionary France: liberalism, socialism and nationalism.

The Demise of Communist East Europe 1989 in Context

The Demise of Communist East Europe 1989 in Context

Author: Robin Okey Format: Hardback Release Date: 28/05/2004

In 1989 communism crumbled in eastern Europe and with it one of the most conspicuous legacies of the Second World War. This book charts the demise of east European communism and analyses the failure of the communist experiment, the revolutionary events of 1989 and the post-communist aftermath as the legacy of both these processes. Starting from the premise that communism's proclaimed egalitarian, modernizing goals always enjoyed more support than the one-party politics through which these goals were pursued, Robin Okey explains communism's initial ability to survive crises but then its cumulative decline in the face of dissidence, economic weakness and reform movements, and, after 1989, the growing divergence between the northern and Balkan states, the revival of ex-communist parties as the new liberalism faltered, and the repeated failure of academics to anticipate these shifts. By analysing these issues in the context of the region's drive since the nineteenth-century to catch up with western Europe, this book concludes that the events of 1989 can cast light more widely still, on the fortunes of the three great ideas that the continent as a whole derived from revolutionary France: liberalism, socialism and nationalism.

The Habsburg Monarchy c.1765-1918 From Enlightenment to Eclipse

The Habsburg Monarchy c.1765-1918 From Enlightenment to Eclipse

Author: Robin Okey Format: Hardback Release Date: 16/11/2000

The multi-national Habsburg empire has never lost its fascination since its fall in 1918. Robin Okey's book shows how the Habsburg peoples experienced the same social, economic and political processes as most other Europeans, in ways that cast interesting light on these processes from both the European and the Habsburg angle. Opposing views that the national problem was therefore subordinate to underlying socio-economic backwardness, Okey argues for the inextricable entanglement of the two themes, as nationalism emerged from a process of social mobilisation which threatened the position of dominant Austro-Germans and Magyars. Robin Okey brings a distinctive approach to an intriguing subject, in a comprehensive study based on wide reading in most of the Monarchy's languages.

The Habsburg Monarchy c.1765-1918 From Enlightenment to Eclipse

The Habsburg Monarchy c.1765-1918 From Enlightenment to Eclipse

Author: Robin Okey Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 16/11/2000

The multi-national Habsburg empire has never lost its fascination since its fall in 1918. Robin Okey's book shows how the Habsburg peoples experienced the same social, economic and political processes as most other Europeans, in ways that cast interesting light on these processes from both the European and the Habsburg angle. Opposing views that the national problem was therefore subordinate to underlying socio-economic backwardness, Okey argues for the inextricable entanglement of the two themes, as nationalism emerged from a process of social mobilisation which threatened the position of dominant Austro-Germans and Magyars. Robin Okey brings a distinctive approach to an intriguing subject, in a comprehensive study based on wide reading in most of the Monarchy's languages.

Eastern Europe 1740-1985 Feudalism to Communism

Eastern Europe 1740-1985 Feudalism to Communism

Author: Robin Okey Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 23/10/1986

`A fascinating book, readable and illuminating.' Times Literary Supplement