This fine collection on competing political loyalties in the late Habsburg Monarchy is framed by clear research questions.The dynasty faced formidable competitors in its own crownlands, cities and villages. [This volume] presents this competition in vibrant and varied case studies. From it readers will take a sampling of some of the best recent scholarship on the Habsburg Monarchy. * Slavonic and East European Review Any future discussion on the last years of the Habsburg Monarchy's political history should build on this collection's significant achievements whether the point of departure is the monarchy's ultimate failure or a decidedly a-teleological perspective...It is t a book that only critiques the old; but it also points to the possibility of something new, and arguably more exciting. * H-Net Reviews [The] rich case studies and vivid vignettes...[offer] the first coherent attempt in examining the efforts to generate dynastic-oriented patriotism and the responses to these efforts.[T]his book contains many seeds for a more nuanced and sophisticated discussion of the late monarchy. It is t a book that only critiques the old; but it also points to the possibility of something new, and arguably more exciting. * Habsburg There is a welcome intellectual coherence and high scholarship to this latest volume in Berghahn's series on Austrian and Habsburg Studies. * German History The overwhelming majority of historical work on the late Habsburg Monarchy has focused primarily on national movements and ethnic conflicts, with the result that too little attention has been devoted to the state and ruling dynasty. This volume is the first of its kind to concentrate on attempts by the imperial government to generate a dynastic-oriented state patriotism in the multinational Habsburg Monarchy. It examines those forces in state and society which tended toward the promotion of state unity and loyalty towards the ruling house. These essays, all original contributions and written by an international group of historians, provide a critical examination of the phemen of dynastic patriotism and offer a richly nuanced treatment of the multinational empire in its final phase.
Daniel Unowsky is an Assistant Professor of History at the University of Memphis. He received his Ph.D. from Columbia University in 2000 and has published a number of articles on the history of the Habsburg monarchy, nationalism, and monarchical celebration. He is currently completing a monograph on imperial celebrations and dynastic patriotism under emperor Franz Joseph. Laurence Cole studied history at Oxford University and received his Ph.D. from the European University Institute (Italy). He is currently lecturer in modern European History at the University of East Anglia, Norwich and has published Fur Gott, Kaiser und Vaterland. Nationale Identitat der deutschsprachigen Bevolkerung Tirols 1860-1914 (Frankfurt/New York, 2000), and several articles on Austrian and Habsburg history. He is also associate editor (reviews) of European History Quarterly.