This study examines the political culture in Austria-Hungary in the latter half of the 19th century. It analyzes the centrifugal forces that arose from growing ethnic nationalism in the empire and that ultimately overpowered the centripetal forces which held the Austrian-Hungarian "state idea" together. The analysis is applied further to provide an historical explanation of analogous developments in post-1989 Europe.
A Framework of Reference; Nation and State in Danubia - Centrifugal and Centripetal Forces in Austria-Hungary, 1867-1914; Kaiser as Political Icon; The Austrian Idea; Socialism, Nationalism and National Socialism - Social Democracy's Struggle with National Identity in Austria-Hungary; The Final Transformation - the Impact of Bourgeois Kunst and Kapital on the Austrian Idea; Into the Abyss - the First World War; Socialism - Between the Shoals of Nationalism and Internationalism; Interment. (Part contents).