Momentous Times and Ordinary People

Life on the Ruins of Austria-Hungary (Open Access)

Megjelenés: 2023

Oldalszám: 162




This volume on the transition from the Habsburg Empire to its successor states offers a new picture of these events from a local perspective, one that highlights a generally less-known historical path foregrounding non-political processes and the possibilities in history rather than determined outcomes. We therefore invite you to take this book, which takes the form of mosaic, as a starting point to rethink the history of those lands that were formerly part of the Habsburg Empire.

What was new? What was inherited? Which elements of the Habsburg imperial legacy were demolished, and which were simply refurbished for new use?

The histories of Central, Eastern, and Southeastern Europe in the twentieth century are, in part, the histories of what people did with the legacies of the Habsburg Empire after it had ceased to function. More generally, political and social transitions are a fundamental part of the human experience in a shared European history, and this volume wants to bring forward this human element in that story.

From 2018 to 2023, a nine-person team conducted research in the framework of a European Research Council Consolidator Grant project entitled “Negotiating post-imperial transitions: from remobilization to nation-state consolidation. A comparative study of local and regional transitions in post-Habsburg East and Central Europe” (grant agreement no. 772264)—or NEPOSTRANS for short.



A Habsburgok alkonya után nem volt könnyű az élet az új nemzetállamokban (After the twilight of the Habsburgs, life was not easy in the new nation states) – Review by György Szerbhorváth on Átlátszó (2024. március 28.)




Our friends – the Swiss, Belgian, French, Romanian, Czech, Yugoslav ones. Local and transnational economic networks and the fate of Austro-Hungarian business elites – Economic transition 

“Dangerous Riots” in the “hot summer” of 1917 – rising labour movement and urban–rural conflict during and after the First World War – Urban conflict 

Against the “Law of Nature”: Daylight Savings Time and the Local Origins of Regionalism in Austrian Tyrol – Regionalism 

“Monarchy or Republic, Nation-State or Micro-State?Central and Southeastern European Visions of Statehood in the First Moments of Post-Imperial Transition, 1918–20”-State form 

Leavers and Remainers: The Self-Fashioning of a Hungarian Administrative Official Leaving Greater Romania – Migration and citizenship 

“The house, in which we lived, has been burned down“. The Old and the New, the Habsburg Past as a Negative or a Positive Point of Reference – Discourses 

A nationalizing fa.ades? Reflections on education in local post-imperial settings – Schools and cultural politics 

The private bases of the growing state intervention in the economy. Bohemian textile firms and the transformation of the flax market, 1915-1925 – Economic intervention 

Conclusion: A (post)imperial context without an Empire?


Egry, Gábor

Haid-Lener, Elisabeth

Ignácz, Károly

Inglis, Cody James

Izsák, Anikó-Borbála

Jeličić, Ivan

Kosi, Jernej

Plyer, Ségolène

Wendt, Christopher


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