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Daniel Unowsky


Graduate Coordinator

[Daniel Unowsky]

Office: 131 Mitchell
Telephone: 901.678.3385
Fax: 901.678.2720

Education: Ph.D., History, Columbia University, 2000



Fields of interest

Central and Eastern European History; Nations and Nationalism; Festivals and Public Celebrations; European Monarchy in the Modern Era; Modern Jewish History

My book, The Pomp and Politics of Patriotism: Imperial Celebrations in Habsburg Austria, 1848-1916, was published by Purdue University Press in the fall of 2005. At the center of my work lies the tension between state patriotism and ethnic/national identity in the Habsburg Monarchy. I have published a number of articles related to this project. With Laurence Cole of East Anglia University in the United Kingdom, I edited a volume of essays on imperial patriotism and dynastic celebration in Habsburg central and eastern Europe. This book, The Limits of Loyalty: Imperial Symbolism, Popular Allegiances, and State Patriotism in the Late Habsburg Monarchy, will be published by Berghahn Books in September 2007.

My current project focuses on a wave of anti-Jewish riots by Polish peasants in 1898 in Galicia, once a Habsburg province and now divided between Poland and Ukraine. This book-length study will explore anti-Semitism, peasant political mobilization, Polish nationalism, and Austro-Hungarian political and ethnic conflicts in the second half of the nineteenth century.

Courses taught

Nations and Nationalism in Europe; Europe 1914-1945; Modern Europe, 1789-Present; Germany and East Central Europe, 1740-1914; Europe 1900: Politics, Culture, and Society; Modern Germany; Europe in the Nineteenth Century; Readings in Modern European Jewish History

Representative publications

  • The Pomp and Politics of Patriotism: Imperial Celebrations in Habsburg Austria, 1848-1916 (Purdue University Press, 2005).
  • “Staging Habsburg Patriotism: Dynastic Loyalty and the 1898 Imperial Jubilee,” in Pieter Judson and Marsha Rozenblit, eds., Constructing Nationalities in East Central Europe (Berghahn Press, 2004).
  • “‘Our Gratitude Has No Limit’: Polish Nationalism, Dynastic Patriotism, and the 1880 Imperial Inspection Tour of Galicia,” in Austrian History Yearbook (2003).
  • “Contesting and Constructing National Identity in Central Europe,” in Nationalities Papers, Vol. 29, Nr. 3 (September, 2001).
  • “Reasserting Empire: Habsburg Celebration after the Revolutions of 1848-1849,” in Maria Bucur and Nancy Wingfield, eds., Staging the Past: The Politics of Commemoration in Habsburg Central Europe (Purdue University Press, 2001).
  • “Creating Patriotism: Imperial Celebrations and the Cult of Franz Joseph,” Österreichische Zeitschrift für Geschichtswissenschaften, Vol. 9, Nr. 2, 1998, pp. 280-293.
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