Guardians of the Nation
Activists on the Language Frontiers of Imperial Austria
By (author) Pieter M. Judson
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Guardians of the Nation by Pieter M. Judson
Book DescriptionIn the decades leading up to World War I, nationalist activists in imperial Austria laboured to transform linguistically mixed rural regions into politically charged language frontiers. They hoped to remake local populations into polarized peoples and their villages into focal points of the political conflict that dominated the Habsburg Empire. But they often found bilingual inhabitants accustomed to cultural mixing who were stubbornly indifferent to identifying with only one group. Using examples from several regions, including Bohemia and Styria, Pieter Judson traces the struggle to consolidate the loyalty of local populations for nationalist causes. Whether German, Czech, Italian, or Slovene, the nationalists faced similar and unexpected difficulties in their struggle to make nationalism relevant to local concerns and to bind people permanently to one side. Judson examines the various strategies of the nationalist activists, from the founding of minority language schools to the importation of colonists from other regions, from projects to modernise rural economies to the creation of a tourism industry. By 1914, they succeeded in projecting a public perception of nationalist frontiers, but largely failed to nationalize the populations. "Guardians of the Nation" offers a provocative challenge to standard accounts of the march of nationalism in modern Europe.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780674023253
(235mm x 155mm x 26mm)
Imprint: Harvard University Press
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publish Date: 5-Jan-2007
Country of Publication: United States
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This panoramic reappraisal shows why the Habsburg Empire mattered for so long to so many Central Europeans across divides of language, religion, and region. Pieter Judson shows that creative government-and intractable problems the far-flung empire could not solve-left an enduring imprint on successor states. Its lessons are no less important today.
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Author Biography - Pieter M. Judson
Pieter M. Judson is Professor of History at Swarthmore College.
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