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Another Europe : remembering Habsburg Galicja.

Bialasiewicz, L. (2003) 'Another Europe : remembering Habsburg Galicja.', Cultural geographies., 10 (1). pp. 21-44.


The past ten years have brought about a profound reordering of the spatial imaginary of Europe. It is a reordering, however, that continues to this day, and the tracing (symbolic as well as institutional) of the future 'Eastern' confine of the common European space remains a highly contested - and politically salient - issue. This paper examines one alternative geographical imaginary seeking to narrate and negate this emergent confine and its binary division of the European space by drawing upon the memory of the multinational Austro-Hungarian empire. In particular, I look to the ways in which the Habsburg myth is being adopted and articulated within the context of the erstwhile Austrian province of Galicja - now torn between the states of Poland and the Ukraine and straddling the probable future border of the European Union. Through an analysis of the spatial imaginary of the imperial Galicja felix, the paper attempts to trace the ways in which the Habsburg ideal of a liminal space of multinational coexistence is being resurrected in the present day in order to subvert the (national and soon supranational) borderlines cutting through these territories' heart - and to argue for their reconceptualization as a wholly European border-space.

Item Type:Article
Keywords:Boundaries, Empire, Spatial representation, Ideology.
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Record Created:27 Jan 2009
Last Modified:05 Mar 2018 10:32

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