Pomp and Politics of Patriotism: Imperial Celebrations in Habsburg Austria, 1848-1916 (Paperback)

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Pomp and Politics of Patriotism
Purdue University Press
6.00" x 9.00"

Book Description

The Pomp and Politics of Patriotism concentrates on the official presentation of the imperial cult, using the image of Franz Joseph (Habsburg emperor from 1848-1916) as a symbol of common identity in the Austrian half of the Habsburg Monarchy (Cisleithania), including the use of or rejection of this imagery by regional social and nationalist factions. During this period, the compelling notion was to use the imperial cult to define Habsburg patriotism. The story of the successes and setbacks in this endeavor, which illuminates the tension between national and supra-national identity in an age of expanding political participation, is the exploration of The Pomp and Politics of Patriotism.In the second half of the nineteenth century and the first decades of the twentieth century, usually characterized as a period of national conflict and political paralysis, the promotion of the cult of the emperor reinforced and deepened a Cisleithania-wide culture of imperial celebration. Organizers of official imperial festivities adapted traditional Habsburg symbols and ceremonial forms to present the emperor as a binding force in this multi-national state. Catholic rituals, court ceremonies, imperial inspection tours of the provinces, and spectacular imperial celebrations did not seek to efface national identity; instead, official festivities defined national identity as a constituent element of a broader identification with the emperor-father and, through him, with "Austria."

About the Author(s):

Central and Eastern European History; Nations and Nationalism; Modern Jewish History; Festivals and Public Celebrations; European Monarchy in the Modern Era. My book, The Pomp and Politics of Patriotism: Imperial Celebrations in Habsburg Austria, 1848-1916, was published by Purdue University Press in the fall of 2005. At the center of my work lies the tension between state patriotism and ethnic/national identity in the Habsburg Monarchy. I have published a number of articles related to this project. With Laurence Cole of East Anglia University in the United Kingdom, I am editing a volume of essays on imperial patriotism and dynastic celebration in Habsburg central and eastern Europe. I have begun research on my next project, which concerns a wave of anti-Jewish riots by Polish peasants in 1898 in Galicia, once a Habsburg province and now divided between Poland and Ukraine. This book-length study will explore anti-Semitism, peasant political mobilization, Polish nationalism, and Austro-Hungarian political and ethnic conflicts in the second half of the nineteenth century. Courses taught Nations and Nationalism in Europe; Europe 1914-1945; Modern Europe, 1789-Present; Germany and East Central Europe, 1740-1914; Europe 1900: Politics, Culture, and Society; Modern Germany; Europe in the Nineteenth Century; Readings in Modern European Jewish History