Torments of Nationalism

John W. Cole and Eric R. Wolf

in The Hidden Frontier

Published by University of California Press

Published in print November 1999 | ISBN: 9780520216815
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520922174 | DOI:
Torments of Nationalism

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With Tyrol thus relegated to a position of economic marginality and political irrelevance within the framework of the Habsburg Empire, external factors began to act on its internal constitution, exacerbating local strains by adding the tensions of external political and economic competition. In the north, the German petty states yielded increasingly to the dynamism of Prussia, striving to forge a new German Reich. In the south, the rise of a united Italy challenged Habsburg preeminence and Tyrolese security. This chapter examines Italian unification, German unification, nationalist rivalry, World War I, fascism, and the plebiscite.

Keywords: Habsburg Empire; German Reich; Prussia; Tyrolese security; Italian unification; World War I

Chapter.  5230 words. 

Subjects: Anthropology

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