The overwhelming majority of historical work on the late Habsburg Monarchy has focused primarily on national movements and ethnic conflicts, with the result that too little attention has been devoted to the state and ruling dynasty. This volume is the first of its kind to concentrate on attempts by the imperial government to generate a dynastic-oriented state patriotism in the multinational Habsburg Monarchy. It examines those forces in state and society which tended toward the promotion of state unity and loyalty towards the ruling house. These essays, all original contributions and written by an international group of historians, provide a critical examination of the phenomenon of “dynastic patriotism” and offer a richly nuanced treatment of the multinational empire in its final phase.
About the Author
Laurence Cole is Lecturer in Modern European History at the University of East Anglia. He is the author of Für Gott, Kaiser und Vaterland: Nationale Identität der deutschsprachigen Bevölkerung Tirols 1860–1914 (2000), and has recently edited Different Paths to the Nation: National and Regional Identities in Central Europe and Italy, 1830–1870 (2007). He is also co-editor of European History Quarterly.
Daniel Unowsky received his Ph.D. from Columbia University and is Associate Professor of History at the University of Memphis. He is the author of The Pomp and Politics of Patriotism: Imperial Celebrations in Habsburg Austria, 1848-1916 (2005).
Table of Contents
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Laurence Cole and Daniel L. Unowsky
Chapter 1. Patriotic and national myths: National consciousness and elementary school education in imperial Austria
Chapter 2. Military veterans and popular patriotism in imperial Austria, 18701914
Chapter 3. Emperor Joseph II in the Austrian imagination to 1914
Nancy M. Wingfield
Chapter 4. The flyspecks on Palivec’s portrait: Francis Joseph, the symbols of monarchy, and Czech popular loyalty
Hugh LeCaine Agnew
Chapter 5. Celebrating two emperors and a revolution: The public contest to represent the Polish and Ruthenian nations in 1880
Daniel L. Unowsky
Chapter 6. Empress Elisabeth as Hungarian queen: The uses of celebrity monarchism
Chapter 7. State ritual and ritual parody: Croatian student protest and the limits of loyalty at the end of the nineteenth-century
Chapter 8. Collective identifications and Austro-Hungarian Jews (19141918): The contradictions and travails of Avigdor Hameiri
Chapter 9. Representing constitutional monarchy in late nineteenth and early twentieth-century Britain, Germany, and Austria
Notes on contributors