The Ambivalence of Identity: The Austrian Experience of Nation-Building in a Modern Society (Central European Studies).


The Ambivalence of Identity examines nation-building in Austria and uses the Austrian experience to explore the conceptual foundations of nationhood.

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The Ambivalence of Identity examines nation-building in Austria and uses the Austrian experience to explore the conceptual foundations of nationhood.

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The author traces the political history, culture, and parties of the "Austrian Odyssey" toward a new postwar national identity, from the conceptual approach of the instrumentalist school of nationalism which views nations as social constructs developed by nationalist elites. Right-winger Haider receives only a passing reference in the foreword. Includes supporting tables and a substantial bibliography. Judging by his acknowledgments, Thaler appears to be affiliated with the Center for Austrian Studies at the U. of Minnesota. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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  • ISBN-13: 9781557532015
  • Publisher: Purdue University Press
  • Publication date: 2/28/2001
  • Series: Central European Studies Series
  • Pages: 228
  • Product dimensions: 6.13 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Tables
Preface and Acknowledgments
Ch. 1 Nation-Building and Postwar Austria: An Introduction 1
Ch. 2 Catalyst or Precondition: The Socioeconomic Environment of Austrian Nation-Building 25
Ch. 3 The Writing of History and National Imagery: The Intellectual Foundations of Austrian Nation-Building 51
Ch. 4 The Institutional Instruments of Nation-Building 110
Ch. 5 Measuring Identity: Austrian National Consciousness in the Mirror of Public Opinion 161
Ch. 6 Austrian Nation Formation and the Theory of Nationhood: A Conclusion 180
Bibliography 191
Index 221
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 18, 2002

    history writing at its best

    This book is the best analysis of Austrian identity on the market. If you have ever wondered about the relationship between Austrian and German, you will find an answer here. The book combines sophisticated historical methods with accessible language and is written in an admirably objective tone. It is innovative history writing at its best and has become an instant favorite of mine.

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