Austria's democratic identity exists only after a turbulent history of political, economic and cultural change. The entity's transformation from a monarchical and stratified society under the Habsburg Empire into an egalitarian polity did not come without a struggle that had important ramifications for all of Europe. In this comprehensive historical dictionary, Dr. Paula Sutter Fichtner explores the major themes and intricacies of Austria's history. Fichtner's wide-ranging text covers the country's Habsburg and pre-Habsburg legacy, its political and cultural elite, its component provinces, and its leading cities, and includes a chronology, introduction, and bibliography. The often dramatic quality of Austria's history ensures that the Historical Dictionary of Austria will be popular with any reader.
Author Biography: Dr. Paula Sutter Fichtner, a professor of history at Brooklyn College, is an authority on the Habsburg dynasty that contributed to the shaping of Austria. Dr. Fichtner has lectured on early modern and modern Europe and has also written "Ferdinand I of Austria and The Habsburg Empire: From Dynasticism to Multinationalism."