After the dissolution of the Austro-Hungarian Monarchy, Austria transformed itself from an empire to a small Central European country. Formerly an important player in international affairs, the new republic was quickly sidelined by the European concert of powers. Austria’s post-Habsburg state suffered from enormous losses of territory and population. However, these losses did not hamper the country’s innovative spirit. The essays in this twentieth anniversary volume of Contemporary Austrian Studies argue that Austria found its place in the global arena of the twentieth century, making its mark on both Europe and the world. From Freudian psychoanalysis to Auto-Marxist thought and the Austrian School of Economics, Austrian ideas continued to be vital to the intellectual community at large. Vienna remained the Austrian capital and reasserted its strong position in Central European and international business and finance. This volume also examines how increasing globalization in the 20th century impacted Austrian demography, society, and political life. Specifically, the essays discuss how Austria’s place in the contemporary world became increasingly determined by the European integration process.
"CAS shows contemporary scholarship at its best — honest and skeptical as it strives to redress imbalances inherited from contested pasts. To anyone who may ask what roles Austria can and should play in future, the best answer for some years to come will be to hand them a copy of CAS’s volume XX." —William Johnston, Professor of History Emeritus, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Günter Bischof is the Marshall Plan Professor of History and the director of Center Austria at the University of New Orleans.
Fritz Plasser is professor of political science and Dean of the faculty of Political Science and Sociology, University of Innsbruck, Austria.
Anton Pelinka is a Professor of Political Science and Nationalism Studies at the Central European University in Budapest.
Alexander Smith is a doctoral candidate in economic history and political science at the University of Innsbruck and currently works as a risk manager at RLB Tirol AG in Innsbruck.