A Concise History of Austria

A Concise History of Austria[Reading] ➿ A Concise History of Austria By Steven Beller – Heartforum.co.uk For a small, prosperous country in the middle of Europe, modern Austria has a very large and complex history, extending far beyond its current borders Today s Austrians have a problematic relationship For a small, prosperous History of Kindle ´ country in the middle of Europe, modern Austria has a very large and complex history, extending far beyond its current borders Today s Austrians have a problematic relationship with that history, A Concise MOBI :Ä whether with the multi national history of the Habsburg Monarchy, or with the time betweenandwhen Austrians were Germans in Hitler s Third Reich Steven Beller s gripping and comprehensive account traces the remarkable career of Austria Concise History of Epub Ü through its many transformations, from German borderland, to dynastic enterprise, imperial house, Central European great power, failed Alpine republic, German province, and then successful Alpine republic, building up a picture of the layers of Austrian identity and heritage and their diverse sources It is a story full of anomalies and ironies, a case study of the other side of European history, without the easy answers of clearly national narratives, and hence far relevant to today s world.

Steven Beller is a History of Kindle ´ Visiting Scholar at George Washington University, Washington DC, and a former Research Fellow in History at Peterhouse College, Cambridge.

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  • Paperback
  • 334 pages
  • A Concise History of Austria
  • Steven Beller
  • English
  • 28 September 2018
  • 0521478863

10 thoughts on “A Concise History of Austria

  1. Andrew says:

    A Concise History of Austria, by Steven Beller, is what the title says A very concise history of Austria The book was published in 2004, so it does cut out a decade previously Even so, the chapters on early Austrian history, and the period of Hapsburg dominance is fascinating The chronicles of Austria during WWI and WII is also very interesting Austria is a region that has at times existed on the periphery, and sometimes dominated events The Hapsburg realms at their greatest extent include A Concise History of Austria, by Steven Beller, is what the title says A very concise history of Austria The book was published in 2004, so it does cut out a decade previously Even so, the chapters on early Austrian history, and the period of Hapsburg dominance is fascinating The chronicles of Austria during WWI and WII is also very interesting Austria is a region that has at times existed on the periphery, and sometimes dominated events The Hapsburg realms at their greatest extent included much of Europe and South Central America, but Austria s core territories remained Austria proper, Northern Italy, Hungary, and the Czech Republic Bohemia Other territories, like Slovenia, Croatia, southern Poland, Bukovina Ukraine , and Bosnia all existed within an Austrian dominated empire This empire was situated not on nationality, but on the power of the Hapsburg house, and the effectiveness of its rulers Austria s heyday was during the Baroque era, where dominance over its peasantry, and close contact with the Catholic Church were the main tools of control Austria remained a deeply conservative empire, with Catholicism, autocratic rule, and the legitimacy of the Hapsburg rulers were the main concern.Austria began to change as it became increasingly influenced by external events The growth of ideas, such as nationalism and sovereignty has a huge impact on the Austrian state Reforms from above were too slow and conservative, and Austria could only rely on the dynamism of its ruling family for so long Eventually, the system began to crack, as Austria struggled to maintain its hold on its periphery regions At the onset of WWI, Austria was becoming one of Europe s sick men, but the war took its tole on the regime, and as one of the main losing actors, the Austrian empire was dismembered into nation states Czechoslovakia, Hungary, Austria, Yugoslavia, Ukraine Russia and Poland The Hapsburg family, one of Europe s most successful empire builders, became a footnote in history, and Austria lost its seat as one of the world s great powers.Of course, history does not stop here Austria struggled in the interwar years, as forces in Europe continued to cause disruption Hyperinflation and economic stagnation in interwar Germany effected Austria as well, and the Great Depression say banking collapse in Austria Financial instability led to political instability, and Austria also suffered an identity crisis Its people are German should they be German as well Austria s legitimacy as a state was in question in interwar Europe, and eventually it did join Germany albeit forcefully during Anschluss Antisemitism was rife in interwar Austria, and many of its citizens participated willingly in Germany s Nazi government After Germany s defeat, Austria was again separated from Germany as its own nation state Austrian authorities post WWII worked tirelessly to build an Austrian identity, and were largely successful Participation in the development of a European project, culminating in the European Union, was a key part of this Anticommunism was another, as Austria sought to keep its precarious foothold as the last Western orientated European nation before the Iron Curtain Modern Austria up to 2004 has seen a developing demographic, as immigration like Germany plays a part Beller notes the rise of right wing, anti immigration parties in Austria, as again the nation struggles with its identity Obviously, history has not ended for Austria It is a key states in the NATO alliance, a member of the UN and the EU, and an important banking state in the global financial system often accused of being an offshore tax haven Its clout bellies its size, but certainly not by much It is no longer even a major regional power, and instead is closely tied to its larger neighbours economies ie Germany and Italy, and a nation lock stepped to the US dominated Western alliance system.All in all, an interesting read Solid, concise history is contained within There is little overall historical analysis this is a book containing cut and dry facts mostly Still, an entertaining read with solid information for those looking to read up on Austrian history

  2. J.M. Hushour says:

    Get me the fuck out of Europe at last I have now read a history of every country in Europe that has one available This one is pretty neat, big focus on the dilemma of Austrian identity who the fuck are we and how this played out after Austria s big anal love in with Hitler during WWII and its excoriation of its entire Jewish population, one of the baddest ass Jewish populations ever as the whole bit on Vienna 1900 shows Nifty bits on culture and how Austrians dealt with the whole being fuc Get me the fuck out of Europe at last I have now read a history of every country in Europe that has one available This one is pretty neat, big focus on the dilemma of Austrian identity who the fuck are we and how this played out after Austria s big anal love in with Hitler during WWII and its excoriation of its entire Jewish population, one of the baddest ass Jewish populations ever as the whole bit on Vienna 1900 shows Nifty bits on culture and how Austrians dealt with the whole being fucking Nazis thing Beller is an independent scholar, which means he can write whatever the fuck he wants, and he does A nice closer for Europe as I slither into north Africa

  3. Jen says:

    I thought this was an excellent concise history, and particularly appreciated the theme of the struggle about identity that the author highlighted throughout Austria s complicated history.

  4. Bethany says:

    The first two chapters up to about 1789 were a confusing whirl of names and dates Where Beller really shines, though, is in his analysis of events about 1880 present which makes sense, considering his other work on Francis Joseph, etc The chapters on that time period were fascinating very well done The first two chapters up to about 1789 were a confusing whirl of names and dates Where Beller really shines, though, is in his analysis of events about 1880 present which makes sense, considering his other work on Francis Joseph, etc The chapters on that time period were fascinating very well done

  5. Justin says:

    Read before going to Austria and while in Austria Good summary Made the country come alive.

  6. Amber Hooper says:

    I had to read this book in preparation for a semester long study abroad trip to Europe, about half of it being in Vienna, Austria I did learn some interesting things from this book, but I hardcore skimmed at least 80% of it The last two chapters were muchinteresting than the first four, probably because I knew a littleabout that time of history anyway and the things that happened then seemrelevant to today than the stuff that happened in or before the year 1000.

  7. Al Maki says:

    Concise and dense as can be and yet still readable and interesting The history of this area is a part of the development of Western Civilization that I don t think gets enough attention in the English speaking world.

  8. Lars Harssan says:

    what should ve been a facinating story turns into a mechanical listing of mostly minor political maneuverings.

  9. Charlotte Stevenson says:

    Preparing for my visit

  10. Peter says:

    Interested after our recent trip there.

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