Nov 5, Patrick Geary, Austria, the Writing of History, and the Search for European Identity


Thursday, November 5 4:00 PM
1210 Heller Hall
31st Annual Robert A. Kann Memorial Lecture
"Austria, the Writing of History, and the Search for European Identity"

This talk will address how the unique political history of Austria (especially its imperial past) helped shape later generations of Austrian historians' view and interpretation of the history of central Europe. Patrick Geary will reflect on how Austrian historians, particularly three generations of scholars closely identified with the Institute for Austrian Historical Research, have taken their experience of reflecting on the problematic nature of the history of Austria as an intellectually stimulating background for fundamental reappraisals of the history of Europe.

Patrick Geary is Professor of Medieval History at the Institute for Advanced Study. After receiving his PhD in medieval studies from Yale University, he taught at Princeton University, the University of Florida, Notre Dame, and UCLA. He is author of a number of books including The Myth of Nations: The Medieval Origins of Europe and Living with the Dead in the Middle Ages. His research concentrates on Continental history between the fifth and twelfth centuries. Currently he is working with a team of historians, geneticists, and archaeologists to study population mobility between Central Europe and Italy in the sixth century.

Cosponsored by the Center for Medieval Studies.
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