Reconstructing a National Identity: The Jews of Habsburg Austria during World War I

Front Cover
Oxford University Press, Feb 22, 2001 - History - 272 pages
This book explores the impact of war and political crisis on the national identity of Jews, both in the multinational Habsburg monarchy and in the new nation-states that replaced it at the end of World War I. Jews enthusiastically supported the Austrian war effort because it allowed them to assert their Austrian loyalties and Jewish solidarity at the same time. They faced a grave crisis of identity when the multinational state collapsed and they lived in nation-states mostly uncomfortable with ethnic minorities. This book raises important questions about Jewish identity and about the general nature of ethnic and national identity.
 

What people are saying - Write a review

We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.

Contents

Introduction
3
1 The Jews of AustriaHungary on the Eve of World War I
14
2 Austrian Jews and the Spirit of 1914
39
Photo gallery
58
Patriotic War Work and Helping Jewish Refugees
59
4 The Experience of Jewish Soldiers
82
5 Clinging to the Old Identity 19161918
106
6 The Dissolution of the Monarchy and the Crisis of Jewish Identity October 1918June 1919
128
Epilogue
162
Notes
173
Bibliography
229
Index
245
Copyright

Other editions - View all

Common terms and phrases

Popular passages

Page vii - ... and writing of this book. In particular, I would like to thank...

Bibliographic information