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Inside Austria: New Challenges, Old Demons

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Austria experienced remarkable economic and social growth in the years following World War II, especially considering the troubled nature of its politics. A small, land-locked country, Austria has emerged as the European Union's fourth richest state, yet it still wrestles with old decisions and demons.

Merging personal observation with rich historical scholarship, Paul Lendvai, a renowned journalist and award-winning memoirist, tracks Austria's unique trajectory, from its ...

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Overview

Austria experienced remarkable economic and social growth in the years following World War II, especially considering the troubled nature of its politics. A small, land-locked country, Austria has emerged as the European Union's fourth richest state, yet it still wrestles with old decisions and demons.

Merging personal observation with rich historical scholarship, Paul Lendvai, a renowned journalist and award-winning memoirist, tracks Austria's unique trajectory, from its origins to the collapse of the Austro-Hungarian empire and beyond. Lendvai investigates whether Austrians have come to terms with Hitler's Anschluss and the Waldheim affair and how they have met the challenge of Jorg Haider's radical right-wing ascendancy. He identifies a positive moral toughness, internal cohesion, and social discipline within the Austrian people, especially evident during the years of occupation and subsequent crises, such as the Hungarian Revolution, the Prague Spring, and the Yugoslav wars. Launching a probing study of Austria's long quest for nationhood, Lendvai offers a firsthand look at the factors and players that have influenced this evolving power.

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Editorial Reviews

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"A model of clarity and that higher objectivity which allows no bias and yet has a red thread through it, a humanist orientation and factual integrity, this book deserves to be a standard work of the history of Austria which it also narrates in a masterly style."--Lord Weidenfeld, Publisher; President of the Institute for Strategic Dialogue, London

"The most reliable, the most informative book on contemporary Austria. A joy to read."--Walter Laqueur, author of outstanding studies on modern European history

"Paul Lendvai has once again succeeded in producing an excellent and enlightening volume, this time about his adopted country. He gives us a personal insight into twentieth century Austrian history and politics, often critical but always full of sympathy. This very fine translation will enable the English-speaking reader to gain unique glimpses of the highly successful Alpine Republic as seen by one of its leading public intellectuals."--István Deák, Seth Low Professor Emeritus of History, Columbia University

NEWS (Vienna Weekly)

Daring, exciting, unmasking.... Lendvai presents hitherto hardly known facts [and] incredible details.

Die Welt

Lendvai seeks to explain what Austria is like. He has succeeded exactly in this endeavor.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781849040396
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 5/6/2010
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 1,021,811
  • Product dimensions: 8.60 (w) x 5.70 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Paul Lendvai is a Hungarian-born Austrian journalist who worked as a correspondent for the Financial Times for more than two decades. He is the author of fourteen books, including the prize-winning Blacklisted: A Journalist's Life in Central Europe and The Hungarians: A Thousand Years of Victory in Defeat, both of which have been translated into several languages.

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction: Why Did I Write This Book?
2. Austrian Clichés: The Media Curtain
3. The Victim Myth and "Zero Hour" 1945
4. Founding Father of Many Faces
5. The Role of a Foreign Correspondent
6. Compromise: The Basic Principle of Social Partnership
7. The Economic Miracle
8. The Crisis Years of the Coalition
9. The Reformer Josef Klaus
10. The Splendour and Misery of the ÖVP Government
11. Kreisky's Secret Power Base
12. Shadows of the Nazi Past: Kreisky versus Wiesenthal
13. The Riddle of Minister Rösch, or the Brown Stains of the Socialists
14. Power Struggle in the "Court of the Sun King"
15. The Waldheim Affair and the Misfortune of a Successor
16. The Vranitzky Decade of Relative Stability
17. Schüssel, Rise and Fall of a Player
18. Battle for Power: Threat to Stability

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