Austrian History Yearbook


The Municipal and the National in the Bohemian Lands, 1848–1914

Jeremy King c11

Between the Revolution of 1848 and the outbreak of the Great War in 1914, imperial Austria experienced an extraordinary expansion of nationalism and of national conflict. German, Czech, Polish, Ukrainian, Italian, Slovene, and other national movements became major players and rivals, transforming public life in the process. This essay examines that process through a municipal lens. What was particular about the intersection of the national in imperial Austria with the municipal? How did municipal and national politics affect one another, and what can we understand, through their dynamics, about Austrian politics more generally?

(Online publication May 03 2011)



Jeremy King is an Associate Professor in the History Department at Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley, MA 01075.


1 For suggestions and criticisms that helped me improve this essay, I thank John Breuilly, John Deak, William Whyte, Oliver Zimmer, and two anonymous reviewers.