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Embers of Empire: Continuity and Rupture in the Habsburg Successor States after 1918

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Volume 22

Austrian and Habsburg Studies



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Embers of Empire

Continuity and Rupture in the Habsburg Successor States after 1918

Edited by Paul Miller and Claire Morelon
Afterword by Pieter Judson

366 pages, 14 illus., bibliog., index

ISBN  978-1-78920-022-5 $130.00/£92.00 Hb Not Yet Published (November 2018)

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The end of World War I and the collapse of the Habsburg Monarchy marked a period of radical change for East-Central European political structures and national identities. Yet after the dust had cleared, this transformed landscape still bore many traces of its imperial past. Breaking with traditional histories that take 1918 as a strict line of demarcation, this collection focuses on the complexities that attended the transition from the Habsburg empire to its successor states. In so doing, it produces new and more nuanced insights into the persistence and efficacity of imperial institutions, as well as the sources of instability in the newly formed nations.

Paul Miller is an Associate Professor of Modern European History at McDaniel College. His current research concerns the history and memory of assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand in Sarajevo.

Claire Morelon is a Junior Research Fellow at The Queen’s College, University of Oxford. She holds a dual doctorate in Modern European History from the University of Birmingham and the Institut d'Études Politiques in Paris.

Subject: 20th Century History WWI History
Area: Central/Eastern Europe



Contents

List of Illustrations
Acknowledgments

Introduction    
Claire Morelon

PART I: PERMANENCE AND REVOLUTION: NATIONAL POLITICS IN THE TRANSITION TO THE SUCCESSOR STATES

Chapter 1. Negotiating Post-Imperial Transitions: Local Societies and Nationalizing States in East Central Europe    
Gábor Egry

Chapter 2. State Legitimacy and Continuity between the Habsburg Empire and Czechoslovakia: The 1918 Transition in Prague    
Claire Morelon

Chapter 3. Strangers Among Friends: Leon Biliński between Imperial Austria and New Poland    
Iryna Vushko

Chapter 4. Ideology on Display: Continuity and Rupture at Exhibitions in Austria-Hungary and Czechoslovakia, 1873–1928    
Marta Filipová

PART II: THE HABSBURG ARMY'S FINAL BATTLES

Chapter 5. Reflections on the Legacy of the Imperial and Royal Army in the Successor States    
Richard Bassett

Chapter 6. Imperial into National Officers: K.u.K. Officers of Romanian Nationality Before and After the Great War    
Irina Marin

Chapter 7. Shades of Empire: Austro-Hungarian Officers, Frankists, and the Afterlives of Austria-Hungary in Croatia, 1918–1929    
John Paul Newman

PART III: CHURCH, DYNASTY, ARISTOCRACY: THE POST-WAR FATE OF IMPERIAL PILLARS

Chapter 8. “All the German princes driven out!”: The Catholic Church in Vienna and the First Austrian Republic    
Michael Carter-Sinclair

Chapter 9. Wealthy Landowners or Weak Remnants of the Imperial Past?: Central European Nobles During and After the First World War    
Konstantinos Raptis

Chapter 10. Sinner, Saint―or Cipher?: The Austrian Republic and the Death of Emperor Karl I     
Christopher Brennan

PART IV: HISTORY, MEMORY, MENTALITÉ: PROCESSING THE EMPIRE'S PASSING

Chapter 11. “What did they die for?”: War Remembrance in Austria in the Transition from Empire to Nation State    
Christoph Mick

Chapter 12. “The First Victim of the First World War”: Franz Ferdinand in Austrian Memory    
Paul Miller

Afterword
Pieter Judson

Index

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