The Ambivalence of Identity: The Austrian Experience of by Peter Thaler

By Peter Thaler

The Ambivalence of id examines nation-building in Austria and makes use of the Austrian event to discover the conceptual foundations of nationhood.

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Since the end of that decade, West Germans have commonly represented between 60 and 75 percent of the foreign guests. , Handbuch der Österreichischen Wirtschaftspolitik (Vienna, 1961), 229. 43 Due to the in¶uence of diversi¤ed city tourism, especially in Vienna, this overall statistical representation does not even fully re¶ect the singular importance of West German vacationers for many Alpine vacation destinations. As might be expected in view of the language tie, the degree of Austro-German cooperation is particularly high in the sphere of media and culture.

This framework forms the basis of Austrian postwar development in its entirety, however, including the country’s political dissociation from Germany. Furthermore, the role played by world politics cannot suf¤ciently explain why the declining share of Austrian trade with the east shifted more to Germany than to other Western European countries. The share of Italian exports to Austria rose to the higher but static level of its imports from there; Great Britain’s relative signi¤cance for Austrian trade even witnessed a slight decline; overall, the relative importance of Germany as an Austrian trading partner increased within Western Europe as well.

This framework forms the basis of Austrian postwar development in its entirety, however, including the country’s political dissociation from Germany. Furthermore, the role played by world politics cannot suf¤ciently explain why the declining share of Austrian trade with the east shifted more to Germany than to other Western European countries. The share of Italian exports to Austria rose to the higher but static level of its imports from there; Great Britain’s relative signi¤cance for Austrian trade even witnessed a slight decline; overall, the relative importance of Germany as an Austrian trading partner increased within Western Europe as well.

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