Book Talk: The Politics of Cultural Retreat: Imperial Bureaucracy in Austrian Galicia 1772-1867

Tuesday, October 6, 2015
Marshall D. Shulman Seminar Room (1219 IAB, 420 West 118th St.)
Please join the Ukrainian Studies Program at the Harriman Institute, Columbia University for a presentation by Dr. Iryna VushkoHunter College, City University of New York of her monographThe Politics of Cultural Retreat: Imperial Bureaucracy in Austria Galicia 1772-1867 (Yale University Press, 2015).
An illuminating history of state-building, nationalism, and bureaucracy, this book tells the story of how an international cohort of Austrian officials from Bohemia, Hungary, the Hapsburg Netherlands, Italy, and several German states administered Galicia from its annexation from Poland-Lithuania in 1772 until the beginning of Polish autonomy in 1867. Historian Iryna Vushko examines the interactions between these German-speaking bureaucrats and the local Galician population of Poles, Ukrainians, and Jews. She reveals how Enlightenment-inspired theories of modernity and supranational uniformity essentially backfired, ultimately bringing about results that starkly contradicted the original intentions and ideals of the imperial governors.
For more information please contact Dr. Mark Andryczyk at 212-854-4697 or at