Reconstructing a National Identity

Reconstructing a National Identity

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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.Army doctor Bernhard Bardoch noted in his diary in late October 191 8 that the nations of Austria, following their aquot;traitorousaquot; ... Yet, in her memoirs, she records how stunned everyone was when the Monarchy collapsed and how fearful sheanbsp;...

Title:Reconstructing a National Identity
Author:Marsha L. Rozenblit
Publisher:Oxford University Press on Demand - 2004-03-29


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