Through the lens of welfare for war victims (wounded and disabled soldiers and dead soldiers' surviving dependents), this presentation shows that the First World War activated and amplified a latent logic of state-citizen bargain, which developed gradually since the introduction of compulsory military service in 1868. The war's scale of devastation not only forced the state to engage in a massive welfare expansion, but also consciously attempted to recast its legitimacy and main functions. This process continued through the revolutionary, Imperial- republican transition of 1918 and beyond (and in other successor-states). The First World War thus was a seminal event that redefined both the mission of the state and the substance of social citizenship in Austria and other successor states.
Wann: Do, 18. Juni 2015, 17:00 Uhr
Wo: SR 39.41, Attemsgasse 8 (DG), 8010 Graz
Vortrag im Rahmen des Bereichs Konflikte – Gewalt – Krieg des Forschungsschwerpunkts Kultur- und Deutungsgeschichte Europas