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Mind Your Manners: Managing Business Culture in the New Global Europe by John Mole

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GERMAN-SPEAKING COUNTRIES

 

Austria

Austria is a landlocked, mostly mountainous country whose restricted size and role in world affairs today are in stark contrast to its recent history. Vienna was the capital of two great empires. The Austro-Hungarian empire, embracing much of what is now called central and eastern Europe, was dismantled in 1918. The vibrant intellectual and artistic realm of Mitteleuropa, embracing the German-speaking intelligentsia of central and eastern Europe, was crushed by the Nazis, not least because of the central role therein of Jewish thought and culture. Modern Austria, a small, neutral country of 8 million people, was created in 1955. Nevertheless, Vienna remains an international commercial and political center on ...

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