Lecture | Steven Beller: 2016 – 1916 – 1866: The Austro-Prussian Conflict and its consequences for Europe, then and now

  • Austrian Cultural Forum 3524 International Court Northwest Washington, DC, 20008 United States

Lecture | Steven Beller: 2016 – 1916 – 1866: The Austro-Prussian Conflict and its Consequences for Europe, then and now
October 5, 2016 | 7:30 pm

Amidst the ongoing centenary commemorations of the First World War it is worth considering more the 150th anniversary of another, related conflict. The Austro-Prussian War of 1866 brought to an end the "struggle for mastery in Germany" between Prussia and Austria. But it also heralded a glorification of the concept of the nation-state in contrast to the defeated supra/multi-national "imperial" model of the Habsburg Monarchy. Subsequent history has shown, however, that the nation-state model proved a disastrous mistake in Central Europe, and the European Union is in many respects the heir to the Habsburg imperial model. The talk will discuss how the dialectic between nation, state, empire and now Union developed, and look at the lessons of this for today's Europe.

Steven Beller has written widely on Austrian, Jewish and Central European history. His books include Vienna and the Jews, 1867-1938: A Cultural History (Cambridge University Press, 1989); Herzl (Halban, 1991); Francis Joseph (Longman, 1996); A Concise History of Austria (Cambridge, 2006); Antisemitism: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford University Press, 2008; 2nd ed. 2015) and Democracy: All That Matters (Hodder, 2013). He also edited and introduced the anthology Rethinking Vienna 1900 (Berghahn, 2001). He is currently an independent scholar resident in Washington DC.

When: Wednesday, October 5, 2016 | 7:30 pm
Where: Austrian Cultural Forum, 3524 International Court, NW, Washington, DC, 20008
Tickets: General admission is free and open to the public. Please reserve your ticket at: http://bit.ly/2czls9m 
The event is followed by a reception with Austrian refreshments.

Credits: Steven Beller