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Historical dictionary of Austria
Fichtner, Paula S.
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Lanham, Md. : Scarecrow Press, 1999.
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xxvi, 301 pages ; 23 cm.
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DB35 .F53 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Non circulating

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Austria's democratic identity exists only after a turbulent history of political, economic and cultural change. The entity's transformation from a monarchical and stratified society under the Habsburg Empire into an egalitarian polity did not come without a struggle.

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Booklist Review

Part of the Historical Dictionaries of Europe series, this second edition is revised by a professor of history at Brooklyn College of the City University of New York to include many new entries on a broader range of topics as well as updates and expansions to entries in the original volume. Beginning with a list of acronyms and abbreviations, the volume continues with maps over time of the area encompassing Austria. A lengthy introduction and a chronology from 5000 BCE through December 2008 help readers follow the twists and turns of history and geography. The dictionary itself contains entries for events, concepts, places, people, organizations, institutions, and more. An appendix of heads of state comes after the entries. A bibliography concludes the work, providing a bibliographic narrative followed by 11 categories of resources sorted into subtopics. The lack of a detailed table of contents or index makes this work hard to use unless one knows the specific term to research. The entries give brief overviews of the topic or person being defined, but the work's real value is as a tool for finding additional resources on Austrian history. Suitable for academic and large public libraries.--Marcus, Sara Copyright 2009 Booklist

Choice Review

Fichtner (Brooklyn College) provides a good introduction to the complex and often ambiguous history of Austria. Though comprehensive in its coverage, the book emphasizes modern Austria, including information current to 1998. The entries are arranged alphabetically, preceded by a chronology and a useful, largely historical introduction. The volume concludes with a substantial bibliography, arranged topically. Entries range in length from brief paragraphs to more than a page, and the style is scholarly but pleasurably readable. Comprehensive in scope, the book covers political, economic, social, cultural, religious, and intellectual topics, Archduke Ferdinand to President Klestil, Biedermeier to Klimt, and includes place-names, political parties, historical concepts, composers, poets, artists, psychiatrists, economists, treaties, and movements. Cross-references are extensive. Few of the entries use German, a blessing to generalists but an annoyance to specialists. Recommended for general reference collections; useful for generalists or undergraduate researchers. M. Todd; American University