This study of social democracy and national revolution in multiethnic Bratislava (Pressburg) is\ud partly a detailed analysis of the revolutionary events of 1918-1919 (chapters 5-8), partly an\ud examination of the longer period 1867-1921 (chapters 2-4, 9). The latter is to provide a broader\ud historical context to the relatively short period of revolutionary national-political change. The\ud study thus combines two perspectives in terms of historical time, but it also combines two spatial\ud dimensions – the microcosm of the city of Bratislava and the wider world of Hungary,\ud Czechoslovakia, and the former Habsburg Empire. A third way in which the study aims to be\ud ‘multidimensional’ is its attempt to integrate social, political, ethnocultural, and psychological\ud aspects of the historical process. The short-term time perspective, roughly covering the period\ud between October 1918 and March 1919, is largely based on primary sources, in particular\ud newspapers. The longer-term perspective is based on an interpretative synthesis of what the author\ud consider the most important literature in the Slovak, Czech, German, English, and other\ud languages, supplemented by primary source material of the author
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