Workers and Nationalism : Czech and German Social Democracy in Habsburg Austria, 1890-1918
Benes, Jakub S.
Oxford Univ Pr 2017/02
268 p. 24 cm
Choice Reviews 2017 September
Internationalist socialism and ethnic nationalism are usually thought of as polar opposites. But for the millions of men and women who made Social Democracy into twentieth-century Europe's most potent political force, they were often mutually reinforcing, by looking at the history of the Social Democratic workers' movement in Habsburg Austria, which was built on the mobilization of German and Czech workers in the Empire's rapidly industrializing regions of Bohemia, Moravia, and Lower Austria. Based on research in eight archives and numerous libraries in Prague, Vienna, and Brno, Workers and Nationalism fundamentally rethinks the relationship between socialism, nationalism, and democracy in modern Europe.
Tells the story of how nationalism spread among industrial workers in central Europe in the twentieth century, addressing the far-reaching effects, including the democratization of Austrian politics, the collapse of internationalist socialist solidarity before World War I, and the twentieth-century triumph of Social Democracy in much of Europe.
Table of Contents
Introduction: Socialism, Nationalism, and Democracy 1: Narrating Socialism in Habsburg Austria 2: Exclusion from the Nation 3: Storms of November 4: Socialist Hussites, Marxist Wagnerians 5: The Logics of Separatism 6: War and Revolution Conclusion: Ideology and Utopia