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Book Review: Deconstructing Karl Kraus

Book Review: Deconstructing Karl Kraus

It has to be an event when a writer who is “arguably America’s greatest living novelist” (so says the dust jacket blurb) goes to great lengths to present a revered and particularly difficult Austrian author to an American reading public in a meticulously produced annotated dual-language edition.  The result is an unusual and unusually challenging […]

Book Review: Post Cold War Austria

Book Review: Post Cold War Austria

Reviewing edited collections of essays is notoriously difficult. In this case, it is especially challenging because Austria’s International Position after the End of the Cold War not only covers Austria’s foreign and security policy since 1990 but also tackles “Eastern Europe and the Balkans” “The Rise and Decline and Rise of Austria’s Far Right,” “Foreign […]

Book Review: Iron Curtain

Book Review: Iron Curtain

Perhaps what is most often forgotten in the more intellectual-inclined discourses of political theory and Marxism is the basic fact that civil society – that sphere that is organically nongovernmental and, if desired, apolitical – is the vibrant lifeblood that allows discourse, and culture, to arise. The Italian Marxist theorist Antonio Gramsci long held that […]

Book Review: Anna Porter’s The Ghosts of Europe

Book Review: Anna Porter’s The Ghosts of Europe

The Prisoner Syndrome “We now have democracy,” remarked Czechoslovakia’s president Tomas Masaryk in 1918, after the cobbling together of his beloved postwar multinational state, “all we need are some democrats.” Unfortunately, the countries of Central Europe were to endure some ninety-odd years of identity crisis, marred by decades of totalitarian rule – both fascist and […]

Book Review: Wolfgang Mueller’s A Good Example of Peaceful Coexistence

The Pitfalls of Coexistence How would you characterise the relationship between Austria and the Soviet Union from the signing of the Austrian State Treaty in 1955 to the fall of the Soviet Union in 1991? Based on newly declassified archival sources from the Soviet era in Russia and on varied Austrian archival materials, author Wolfgang […]

Book Review: The 1961 Vienna Summit

In a meeting with Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev at the Soviet Embassy in Vienna on June 4, 1961, U.S. President John F. Kennedy referred to Vienna as “a city that is symbolic of the possibility of finding equitable solutions.” The events on June 3 and 4 would prove how true this was. The Cold War […]

Book Review: Kati Marton’s Enemies of the People

Cold War Patriots Had they lived in 1950s Manhattan instead of Budapest, Endre and Ilona Marton would have been the ideal duo for a romantic comedy: glamorous correspondents for rival news agencies and doting parents of two adorable little girls. Perfect roles for Tracy and Hepburn. Instead, the Martons starred in their own real-life spy […]

More Walls Still to Fall

The German people, and the whole world alongside them, are celebrating a landmark date in history, the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. Not many events remain in the collective memory as a watershed that divides two distinct periods. The dismantling of the Berlin Wall – that stark, concrete symbol of a […]

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