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Of Crescents And Essence, Or: Why Migrants History Matters To The Question Of Central European Colonialism

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This chapter proposes a roller-coaster ride through Central European history and culture and beyond. It sets out from two observations on contemporary Central European culture to proceed via the post fascist condition in Austria and the differences in context between ethnic comedies in Germany and Britain to a discussion of the validity of the term Colonialism for Central Europe, proposing en passant a more sophisticated terminology. The chapter closes with a project description on migrants’ history in Vienna around 1900. The author's research on the history of southeastern migrants does not ‘merely’ cater to social history. The role of the symbolic sphere is much too important for him to omit claiming that his research is cultural history. To give an example, migration history usually describes the spatial movements of living human beings.

Keywords: ‘Central European Colonialism; Austria; Britain; cultural history; southeastern migrants; Vienna



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