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Building an Austrian Nation: The Political…

Building an Austrian Nation: The Political Integration of a Western State

by William Theodore Bluhm

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Once the crown lands of a dynastic empire, briefly after World War I an independent republic of confused identity, and subsequently an eastern appendage of Hitler's Germany, Austria since 1945 has become a modern democratic nation-state. In this detailed examination of recent Austrian political history, Mr. Bluhm uses concepts from the contemporary literature of nation building and political development and tests some of its leading hypotheses. He finds a striking parallel between the Austrian experience and the circumstances of today's emerging non-Western states. Mr. Bluhm shows that under the special circumstances of the Second Austrian Republic the question of political identity has been separated from the question of cultural identity. He finds that in the Austrian case economic development has been a cause rather than an effect of political integration. Both findings run contrary to leading theses found in the literature on nation building and political development. Of particular importance is his use of data on elite opinions and behavior based on interviews and the published writings of political leaders.

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