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The Memory of the Habsburg Empire in German, Austrian, and Hungarian Right-Wing Historiography and Political Thinking, 1918-1941 by Gergely Romsics
  

The Memory of the Habsburg Empire in German, Austrian, and Hungarian Right-Wing Historiography and Political Thinking, 1918-1941

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The Memory of the Habsburg Empire in German, Austrian, and Hungarian Right-Wing Historiography and Political Thinking, 1918-1941 by Gergely Romsics

By reproducing the political and historiographical debates surrounding the legacy of the Habsburg Empire, this book follows the transformation of historico-political thinking during the two world wars. This transformation began in Germany, where volkish streams of the Conservative Revolution offered a radical new interpretation of history. These reading focused on the unchanging essence of the Volk and treated a certain idea of the Habsburg past as inorganic, derailing history and conflicting with the true calling of the German people. The volkish movement and its historiography both inspired and challenged Austrian and Hungarian intellectuals, asking them to either adopt or resist this new philosophy and the politics it represented. Building a history out of the realignment of German thought and its affect on small states within Germany's cultural orbit, this volume richly recounts the clash between domestic tradition and imported innovations.

About the Author

Gergely Romsics is a research fellow at the Hungarian Institute of International Affairs.

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Book Info

Publication date

9th November 2010

Author

Gergely Romsics

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Publisher

East European Monographs

Format

Hardback
550 pages

Categories

European history
20th century history: c 1900 to c 2000
Historiography
Politics & government

ISBN

9780880336765

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