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The Image of the Habsburg Army in Austrian Prose Fiction, 1888 to 1914

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Ian Foster

The familiar image of the Habsburg Army as a last supranational institution holding the Austro-Hungarian Monarchy together was decisively shaped by the pro-military literature and journalism of the pre-1914 period. Many of the Austrian writers who forged that image in countless feuilletons, stories and novels have long since been forgotten. This study aims to reconstruct the ideological context of military fictions and fiction on military themes and by doing so contribute to the debate concerning texts that are already well-known.
Contents: The Military Context - The Literary Context - Soldiering Stories - Carl Baron Torresani - Ferdinand von Saar - Bertha von Suttner - Arthur Schnitzler - Polemical Fictions.