In Defense of the Nation: Protectionism and Boycotts in the Habsburg Lands, 1844–1914

  • Michael L. MillerEmail author
Part of the Palgrave Critical Studies of Antisemitism and Racism book series (PCSAR)


This chapter explores economic nationalism in East Central Europe, with a focus on the ways in which trade protectionism dovetailed with nation-building processes in the multinational Habsburg Empire, often taking the form of “defensive” boycott movements against perceived subjugators or oppressors. These boycott campaigns were a sign of political radicalization that, to a large extent, acknowledged the failure of self-help organizations, credit cooperatives, and gradual industrialization to produce separate, self-sufficient national economies in a speedy manner. In this respect, their significance lies more in the political sphere than in the economic sphere.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Central European UniversityBudapestHungary

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