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Center for Austrian Studies Presents

From a Multiethnic Empire to a Nation of Nations: Austro-Hungarian Migrants in the US, 1870-1940

4/27/17, 12:30 PM

About this event

Join us for lunch with Annemarie Steidl (University of Vienna) and James Oberly (UW-Eau Claire) as they present their recent publication, From a Multiethnic Empire to a Nation of Nations: Austro-Hungarian Migrants in the US, 1870-1940.

This book describes the transatlantic experience of Austrian and Hungarian migrants from 1870 to 1960. Through socio-economic, demographic, and cultural analyses, Steidl and Oberly recount how newly arrived immigrants struggled to adapt to the new sociocultural mores of America while upholding their own traditions and language. This study breaks new ground by examining migration between the Habsburg Monarchy and North America and return migration to Central Europe, including the study of various ethnic and religious groups.

Annemarie Steidl is an Associate Professor of history in the Department of Social and Economic History in the University of Vienna and is currently working as a research scholar at the University of Minnesota, Center for Austrian Studies. She was Fulbright Visiting Professor at the Department of History in Minnesota in the Spring of 2011. She finished her doctoral and post-doctoral (Habilitation) degrees at the University in Vienna in 1999 and 2015 respectively. Her main research interests are migration studies, social and economic history of urban environments in Central Europe, gender history and quantitative methods. Her research has taken her to Germany, England, and the U.S.

James W. Oberly is professor of History at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.  He earned an undergraduate degree from Columbia University and a doctorate from the University of Rochester.  His contributions to the book project included quantitative data analysis, research in primary sources, Hungarian language facility, and editorial assistance.  

Cosponsored by the Immigration History Research Center and the Minnesota Population Center.
Event Location
  • Social Sciences, room 710
  • 267 19th Avenue S
  • Minneapolis MN
  • USA