The historian Lonnie Johnson provides in compact form a comprehensive overview of Austria's rich past and present. Each chapter and subchapter approaches Austria's diverse, thousand-year-old heritage from a different perspective to illuminate its essential features. In detailing Austria's turbulent history from 1918 to the present, controversial issues are presented objectively and without oversimplification. Overall the book conveys a differentiated picture of the country and its people which gives readers a feeling for the continuity and change of the Austrian idea.
Lonnie Johnson PhD was born 1952 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He studies at St John's University and the University of Vienna and worked at the Institute of European Studies, an undergraduate programme, and the Institute for Human Sciences, a centre of advanced study, in Vienna before assuming a position at Austrian Academy Exchange Service.