1st Edition

Habsburg Galicia and the Romanian Kingdom Sociocultural Development, 1866–1914

By Raluca Goleșteanu-Jacobs Copyright 2024
    348 Pages 36 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This comparative attempt, intended for postgraduates and scholars of Eastern-Central Europe, investigates the political, economic, and cultural landscape of Habsburg Galicia and the Romanian Kingdom in the second half of the 19th century. Often, in historiography and in the public sphere alike, the two cases under study have been separately regarded as contexts that provided atypical answers to modernity, and parts of a region that has been regarded as atypical in itself.

    Recently, efforts have been made to integrate each of the cases in a post-imperial paradigm, identifying the complex interactions between their socio-political modernisation and historical memory. This book continues this trend by investigating for the first time the two cases together, as parts of a space of alterity, as labs of shifting ideologies and labels.

    The public figures and the institutions depicted in the book are physically located in Central and in Eastern Europe, but by sometimes competing experiences they are illustrative for several identities and historical realms, local, regional, and continental. Secondly, the current work addresses dilemmas related to Nationalism and nation building, for the sake of separating those discourses which reflected on civic nationalism from those which directed the public mind to the values of ethnic nationalism.

    Introduction. Part 1: Methods. 1. Habsburg Galicia and the Romanian Kingdom: Theoretical Framework. Part 2: Contexts 2. The political and social outlook of Habsburg Galicia and the Romanian Kingdom 1866–1914 Part 3: Ideas. 3. The intellectual genealogy of conservatism in Habsburg Galicia and the Romanian Kingdom 4. The evolution of the conservative ideology and its prodigious legacy in Habsburg Galicia and the Romanian Kingdom 5. Democrats and socialists: Ideologues and practitioners of socioeconomic development in Habsburg Galicia and the Romanian Kingdom 6. Epilogue: Modernisation, Westernisation, Habsburg Galicia, and the Romanian Kingdom’s guide for development (1866–1914) 7. Conclusions.


    Raluca Goleșteanu-Jacobs is a teacher of foreign languages and history for secondary and high school students and a visual art blogger, with interests in urban culture at the end of the 19th century and history of Eastern-Central Europe in the 19th and 20th century. Author of "The Towns of Drohobycz and Roman in the Work of Bruno Schulz (1892–1942)", "Max Blecher (1909–1938). A Study in Local History, Personal Geography and Jewish Identity at the Peak of Modernity" (2016), "Representations of Central and Eastern Europe in Travelogues of Romanian and Polish Public Figures" (2015), and "The Woman and The City in the Lyrics of the British Band Pulp" (2017).