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Workers and Nationalism: Czech and German Social Democracy in Habsburg Austria, 1890-1918

Jakub S. Beneš


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. This book explains this apparent paradox 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. Jakub Beneš takes the history of socialism out of the realm o ... More

Keywords: nationalism, Social Democracy, working-class history, cultural history, Austria-Hungary, popular culture, democratization, Czechs, Germans

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780198789291
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2017 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198789291.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jakub S. Beneš, author
Departmental Lecturer in Modern History, University College, Oxford