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New Perspectives on Austrians and World War II

New Perspectives on Austrians and World War II

1st Edition

Fritz Plasser
June 15, 2009

For more than a generation after World War II, offi cial government doctrine and many Austrians insisted they had been victims of Nazi aggression in 1938 and, therefore, bore no responsibility for German war crimes. During the past twenty years this myth has been revised to include a more complex...

The Changing Austrian Voter

The Changing Austrian Voter

1st Edition

Fritz Plasser
April 15, 2008

Compared to the late 1970s, when the Austrian voting behavior was characterized by extraordinary stability, low electoral volatility, and high turnout rates, the 1980s and 1990s stand for exceptional changes and ruptures elicited primarily by the rise of the right wing populist FPi (Freedom Party...

Sexuality in Austria: Volume 15

Sexuality in Austria: Volume 15

1st Edition

Anton Pelinka
December 15, 2006

Scholars have increasingly been investigating human sexu- ality as an important field of social history in particular national cultures. This volume examines both continuities and changing patterns of sexual behavior in Austria. Sexuality in Austria reflects the broad variety of such recent...

Austrian Foreign Policy in Historical Context

Austrian Foreign Policy in Historical Context

1st Edition

Anton Pelinka
January 11, 2005

In 2005, Austria celebrated the sixtieth anniversary of its liberation from the Nazi regime and the fiftieth anniversary of the State Treaty that ended the occupation and returned full sovereignty to the country. This volume of Contemporary Austrian Studies covers foreign policy in the twentieth...

Religion in Austria

Religion in Austria

1st Edition

Anton Pelinka
November 30, 2004

Like most European countries, Austria does not have a strict separation between state and church. Since the counter-reformation, it has been considered a country strongly influenced by Catholicism. Austrian attitudes towards religion derive from the Habsburg experience, when Austria's emperors and...

The Americanization/Westernization of Austria

The Americanization/Westernization of Austria

1st Edition

Anton Pelinka
October 31, 2003

Political, economic, social, and cultural modernization dramatically transformed twentieth-century Austria. Innovative new methods of production and management, such as the assembly line, changed Austrian business after World War I, much as the Marshall Plan shaped the economy after World War II....

The Dollfuss/Schuschnigg Era in Austria: A Reassessment

The Dollfuss/Schuschnigg Era in Austria: A Reassessment

1st Edition

Anton Pelinka
January 31, 2003

The years of Chancellors Dollfuss and Schuschnigg's authoritarian governments (1933/34-1938) have been denounced as "Austrofascism" from the left, or defended as a Christian corporate state ("Stondestaat") from the right. During this period, Austria was in a desperate struggle to maintain its...

Austria in the European Union

Austria in the European Union

1st Edition

Anton Pelinka
January 31, 2002

Austria joined the European Union in 1995, with the overwhelming support of its citizenry. In June 1994, a record 66.6 percent of the Austrian population voted in favor of joining the Union, and Austria acceded on January 1, 1995. Only three years later, in the second half of 1998, Austria assumed...

Neutrality in Austria

Neutrality in Austria

1st Edition

Anton Pelinka
June 30, 2001

After Stalin's death, during a respite in Cold War tensions in 1955, Austria managed to rid itself of a quadripartite occupation regime and become a neutral state. As the Cold War continued, Austria's policy of neutrality helped make this small country into an important mediator of East-West...

The Marshall Plan in Austria

The Marshall Plan in Austria

1st Edition

Anton Pelinka
August 31, 2000

Perhaps no country benefitted more from the Marshall Plan for assistance in reconstruction of Europe after World War II than Austria. On a per capita basis, each American taxpayer invested $80 per person in the Plan; each Austrian received $133 from the European recovery program, more than any...

The Vranitzky Era in Austria

The Vranitzky Era in Austria

1st Edition

Anton Pelinka
April 30, 1999

Franz Vranitzky, the banker turned politician, was chancellor during the ten years (1986-96) when the world dramatically changed in the aftermath of the cold war. Among postwar chancellors, only Bruno Kreisky held office longer. The Austrian Social Democratic Party has been in power since 1970....

Women in Austria

Women in Austria

1st Edition

Gunter Bischof
January 31, 1998

The position of women in Austrian society, politics, and in the economy follows the familiar trajectory of Western societies. They were expected to accept their "proper place" in a male patriarchal world. Achieving equality in all spheres of life was a long struggle that is still not completed in...

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