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Austrian and Habsburg Studies
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Tourism, Space, and National Identity, 1945 to the Present
292 pages, 18 illus., bibliog., index
ISBN 978-1-78920-448-3 $149.00/£110.00 Hb Published (April 2020)
eISBN 978-1-78920-449-0 eBook
“Gundolf Graml’s book presents a fresh, enterprising assessment of the role played by tourism in the construction of ‘Austrianness’ under the Second Republic…[It] offers much to mull over and invigorates both tourism and Austrian history with new approaches.” • Journal of Austrian Studies
“Revisiting Austria is one of the best works that I have read on the issue of coming to terms with the Nazi past—in this case, Austria’s difficulty in confronting it. The author’s suggestions that this legacy is less repressed than disruptive is a significant contribution.” • Shelley Baranowski, University of Akron
“This is an impressive piece of interdisciplinary work, drawing on a range of diverse sources and demonstrating a confident command of the literature. Despite covering quite a lot of ground, it is a pleasurable and easy read.” • Tim Kirk, Newcastle University
Following the transformations and conflicts of the first half of the twentieth century, Austria’s emergence as an independent democracy heralded a new era of stability and prosperity for the nation. Among the new developments was mass tourism to the nation’s cities, spa towns, and wilderness areas, a phenomenon that would prove immensely influential on the development of a postwar identity. Revisiting Austria incorporates films, marketing materials, literature, and first-person accounts to explore the ways in which tourism has shaped both international and domestic perceptions of Austrian identity even as it has failed to confront the nation’s often violent and troubled history.
Gundolf Graml is Professor of German and Assistant Dean for Global Learning at Agnes Scott College, Decatur, Georgia.
Subject: Travel and Tourism History: 20th Century to Present Media Studies
Area: Central/Eastern Europe
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