Brody: A Galician Border City in the Long Nineteenth Century


An urban biography, Brody: A Galician Border City in the Long Nineteenth Century reconciles 150 years of the town’s socioeconomic history with its cultural memory. The first comprehensive study of this city under Habsburg-Austrian rule, Börries Kuzmany advises against reading urban history solely through the national lens. Besides exploring Brody’s extraordinary ethno-confessional structure—Jews, Poles, and Ukrainians—Kuzmany examines the interrelation between the city’s geographical location at the imperial border, its standing as a key commercial hub in East-Central Europe, and its position as a major springboard for the dissemination of the Haskalah in Galicia and the Russian Empire. After delving into the contradictory perceptions of Brody in travelogues, fiction and memory books, Kuzmany uses contemporary and historical photographs to provide an illustrated walking tour of this now Ukrainian town.

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Börries Kuzmany, joint PhD (2008) from the University of Vienna and the University of Paris-Sorbonne in East European History and German Literature, is a researcher at the Austrian Academy of Sciences. His monographs and articles focus on urban and Jewish history as well as on the history of nationalism, borders, and languages in Central and Eastern Europe.
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1 Introduction
Part I: The Economic Rise and Fall of the Town of Brody
2 The Success Story (1630–1815)
Part II: An Extraordinary Galician Small Town
4 Austria’s Most Jewish City
5 The Christian Minorities
6 Religion–Language–Nation School: A Multicultural Lebenswelt
7 Border City
Part III: Perceptions of Brody in History
8 Placing Brody
9 Places of Memory in and of Brody
10 Conclusion: Brody—A Story of Failed Success?
All interested in an interdisciplinary approach to Jewish Studies, Urban History, Eastern European History, Central European Studies, European Economic History, German and Yiddish literature, and last but not least, all interested in the study of cultural memory.
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