ZDEN � K � DLLE (Prague, � SSR) Observations on Austrian Social Democracy Vincent J. Knapp. Austrian Social Democracy, 1889-1914. Washington, D.C.: University Press of America, 1980. x, 296 pp. $16.50 cloth; $10.25 paper. The work of the historian can be valuable either for illuminating new sources of information or providing a new view that enriches our knowledge of the past. The significance of contemporary writings by American historians about East Central Europe is that very often they offer a fresh perspective on well known materials. This was the case of the book by Lawrence D. Orton, The Prague Slav Congress of 1848 (Boulder, CO, 1978), which I reviewed in this journal previously (ECE, 6, No. I [ 19791, 103-05). 1 regret that I cannot say the same about the book on Austrian Social De- mocracy by Vincent J. Knapp. This is not because Knapp's work is not honest- ly and diligently written, but because it lacks an original approach. It is quite dependent on the German-Austrian historiography, so that it may be useful for those who cannot read the important older German-language books by Ludwig Briigel, Julius Deutsch, and Emil Strauss, or the newer ones by Ru-
East Central Europe – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 1982
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