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Lecture | Steven Beller: 2015, 1995, 1955, 1945, 1815 - An embarrassment of anniversaries? Perspectives on Austria's role and identity in Europe now and then

  • Austrian Cultural Forum International Ct NW Washington, DC, 20008 United States (map)

Austria's role and identity in Europe tends to be seen differently depending on the anniversary. A crucial anniversary for modern Austrian identity is the bicentenary of the establishment of the post-Napoleonic European state-system in 1815. The supranational/multinational system that after 1815 was embodied and led by "Austria" eventually ceded hegemony to a national/imperial, somewhat more “democratic” system, but in many respects this had tragic consequences, and the EU, a democratic version of the supranational/multinational system, has been a very positive remedy. Modern-day Austria would be best off going back to a democratic version of Metternichian consensus foreign policy that replaced formal neutrality with a co-operative, multilateral foreign policy, from within the EU’s parameters. 

When: May 12, 2015 | 7:30 pm
Where: Austrian Cultural Forum | 3524 International Court NW | Washington, DC, 20008
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