On May 9th, 2019, Dr. Anton Pelinka, professor of nationalism studies at Central European University, will deliver a public lecture entitled “Good Uncle Sam, Bad Uncle Sam: The Perception of the United States in Post-Habsburg Austria” at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania.
The lecture is sponsored by the Botstiber Institute for Austrian-American Studies (BIAAS) and the Foreign Policy Research Institute and will explore contested U.S. roles in Austria, alongside themes of U.S. isolationism, the politics of global responsibility, and models of integration.
Reception: 5:15-6:15 pm
Documents related to Austrian-American studies from the Historical Society of Pennsylvania’s collection will be on display and light refreshments will be served.
Lecture: 6:15-7:15 pm
In the aftermath of the First World War, Europeans developed strong opinions about the growing role of the United States in European affairs, as both a model for good and a negative influence. U.S. policies pushed Austrian independence after 1918, which was largely undesired at the time, but then protected Austrian democracy to much more favorable effect after World War II into the Cold War. This lecture will explore these contested U.S. roles in Austria, alongside themes of U.S. isolationism, the politics of global responsibility, and models of integration.