Vienna and the Fall of the Habsburg Empire: Total War and Everyday Life in World War I / Edition 1

Vienna and the Fall of the Habsburg Empire: Total War and Everyday Life in World War I / Edition 1

by Maureen Healy
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521831245

ISBN-13: 9780521831246

Pub. Date: 05/31/2004

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Maureen Healy examines the collapse of the Habsburg Empire from the perspective of everyday life in the capital city. She argues that a striking feature of "total war" on the home front was the spread of a war mentality to the mundane sites of everyday life - streets, shops, schools, entertainment venues and apartment buildings. While Habsburg armies waged military…  See more details below

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Maureen Healy examines the collapse of the Habsburg Empire from the perspective of everyday life in the capital city. She argues that a striking feature of "total war" on the home front was the spread of a war mentality to the mundane sites of everyday life - streets, shops, schools, entertainment venues and apartment buildings. While Habsburg armies waged military campaigns on distant fronts, Viennese civilians (women, children, and "left-at-home" men) waged a protracted, socially devastating war against one another. Vienna's multi-ethnic population lived together in conditions of severe material shortage and faced near starvation by 1917. The city fell into civilian mutiny before the state collapsed in 1918. Based on meticulous archival research, including citizens' letters to state authorities, the study offers a penetrating look at Habsburg citizenship by showing how ordinary women, men and children conceived of "Austria" in the Empire's final years.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521831246
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
05/31/2004
Series:
Studies in the Social and Cultural History of Modern Warfare Series, #17
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
352
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.94(d)

Table of Contents

List of plates     x
List of maps, figures and tables     xi
Acknowledgments     xiii
List of abbreviations     xv
Introduction     1
Politics and representation
Food and the politics of sacrifice     31
Entertainment, propaganda and the Vienna War Exhibition of 1916-17     87
Censorship, rumors and denunciation: the crisis of truth on the home front     122
State and family
Sisterhood and citizenship: "Austria's women" in wartime Vienna     163
Mobilizing Austria's children for total war     211
The "fatherless society": home-front men and imperial paternalism     258
Conclusion     300
Bibliography     314
Index     328

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