From World War to Waldheim: Culture and Politics in Austria and the United States

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The growing internationalization of the world poses a fundamental question, i.e., through what mechanisms does culture diffuse across political boundaries and what is the role of politics in shaping this diffusion? This volume offers some answers through the case study of the relationship between two quite different states during the Cold War era - Austria, a small neutral country, and the United States, the reigning superpower. The authors challenge naive notions of cultural diffusion that posit the submission ...

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Overview

The growing internationalization of the world poses a fundamental question, i.e., through what mechanisms does culture diffuse across political boundaries and what is the role of politics in shaping this diffusion? This volume offers some answers through the case study of the relationship between two quite different states during the Cold War era - Austria, a small neutral country, and the United States, the reigning superpower. The authors challenge naive notions of cultural diffusion that posit the submission of small "peripheral" areas to the dictates of hegemonic powers at the "core." "Americanization" has no doubt taken place since 1945; however, local forces crucially shaped this process, and Austrian elites enjoyed considerable leeway in pursuing "Austrian" political objectives. On the other hand, with the expulsion of Vienna's cultural and intellectual elite after the Anschlu├č, the United States, more than any othercountry, became heir to the rich cultural legacy of "Vienna 1900," which profoundly shaped politics and culture in both its "high" and popular forms in postwar America. The relationship climaxed and came full circle with the unfolding of the Waldheim affair, which forced Americans and Austrians to reinterpret the meaning of the Nazi era for their own history in a confrontation with the "other."

David F. Good is Professor of History at the University of Minnesota, where he was also the Director of the Center for Austrian Studies until 1996. He has been Honorary Professor of Economic History at the University of Vienna and received the Austrian Medal for Arts and Sciences, First Class, in 1995. Ruth Wodak is Professor of Applied Linguistics at the University of Vienna.

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Nine essays from the symposium A Small State in the Shadow of a Superpower: Austria and the United States since 1945, held at the University of Minnesota in November 1994, challenge simplistic views of the relationship between a dominant and a client state. Looking at cultural as well as political relations, they show how the US, though powerful, was limited and how Austria, though dependent, retained a measure of leeway for independent action. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknew.com)
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Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction 1
1 American Attitudes toward Austria and Austrian-German Relations since 1945 19
2 Bruno Kreisky's Perceptions of the United States 36
3 Bitburg, Waldheim, and the Politics of Remembering and Forgetting 51
4 Mass Emigration and Intellectual Exile from National Socialism: The Austrian Case 87
5 The Influence of Austrian Emigres on the Development and Expansion of Psychoanalysis in the United States after 1945 109
6 Heimat Hollywood: Billy Wilder, Otto Preminger, Edgar Ulmer, and the Criminal Cinema of the Austrian-Jewish Diaspora 138
7 Robert Wise's The Sound of Music and the "Denazification" of Austria in American Cinema 165
8 Political Culture and the Abortion Conflict: A Comparison of Austria and the United States 187
9 Americanization, Cultural Change, and Austrian Identity 210
List of Contributors 236
Index 237
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