The Multinational Empire Revisited: Reflections on Late Imperial Austria

in From Vienna to Chicago and Back

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print July 2007 | ISBN: 9780226776361
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226776385 | DOI:
The Multinational Empire Revisited: Reflections on Late Imperial Austria

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This chapter reports the work of Robert Kann, as well as his judgments and his interpretations. Kann's profound commitment to the values of liberal democracy, for equal rights and social justice, emerges time and again in his scholarly work. It then addresses two travelers who went to Vienna's Western Railway Station—the Westbahnhof: Sigmund Freud and Count Franz Thun. The most rapidly advancing field of Habsburg history has been economic history. Moreover, it explains the dualist structure, and some comments on the issue of national autonomy so-called, in the Austrian part of the Empire. “National autonomy” became the great battle cry in Austria in the decade prior to the outbreak of World War I. It is the transfiguration of the late Habsburg Empire that is one of the most interesting mental and psychological phenomena in present-day East Central Europe.

Keywords: Robert Kann; liberal democracy; Westbahnhof; equal rights; social justice; Sigmund Freud; Count Franz Thun; Habsburg Empire; national autonomy; Austria

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