Beyond Nationalism

Beyond Nationalism : A Social and Political History of the Habsburg Officer Corps 1848-1918

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In the last seventy years of its long and distinguished existence, the Habsburg monarchy was plagued by the forces of rising nationalism. Still, it preserved domestic peace and provided the conditions for social, economic, and cultural progress in a vast area inhabited by eleven major nationalities and almost as many confessional groups. This study investigates the social origin, education, training, code of honor, lifestyle, and political role of the Habsburg officers. Simultaneously conservative and liberal, the officer corps, originally composed mainly of noblemen, willingly coopted thousands of commoners--among them an extraordinary number of Jews. Even during World War I, the army and its officers endured, surviving the dissolution of the state in October 1918, if only by a few days. The end of the multinational Habsburg army also marked the end of confessional and ethnic tolerance in Central and East Central Europe.
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  • Hardback | 314 pages
  • 157.48 x 223.52 x 27.94mm | 589.67g
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 15 halftones, line drawings, 2 maps, tables
  • 019504505X
  • 9780195045055
  • 1,556,343

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'Deak presents a vivid and instructive portrait, essentially true to historical reality.'
Ernst Wangermann, University of Walzburg, EHR, June '94 'The book is written sympathetically and the vast amount of evidence employed compressed into an easy narrative ... more than just a good read, for it makes important revisionist points ... an excellent book which every military, social, and political historian of Central Europe will find a joy to read.'
Times Higher Education Supplement `a pioneering study of the social history of a military elite ... enthralling account'LNew York Review of Books
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About Istvan Deak

Author of Weimar Germany's Left-wing Intellectuals (1968) and The Lawful Revolution: Louis Kossuth and the Hungarians (1979)
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