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It opens with a brief description of the population, landscape, climate, vegetation and fauna, and of each of the nine federal provinces, followed by a survey of Austrian history. There follow separate sections on government and politics; the economy; environmental protection; social services; education and science; culture; sport; and the media. It is beautifully illustrated with often spectacular photographs. 3 Österreich-Lexikon. ) Edited by Richard Bamberger, Maria Bamberger, Ernst Bruckmüller, Karl Gutkas.

Elisabeth Lichtenberger. Darmstadt, Germany: Wissenschaftliche Buchgesellschaft, 1997. 387p. bibliog. map. Professor Lichtenberger is one of Austria's leading geographers and this general survey of the country, aimed at specialists, examines all aspects of its geography, socio-economic as well as physical. 12 Das Land ohne Eigenschaften: Essays zur österreichischen Identität. ) Robert Menasse. Vienna: Sonderzahl, 1992. 128p. Robert Menasse, born in 1954, belongs to the generation that has grown up with the Second Republic.

There is no attempt at completeness; the author is more interested in explaining how Austria came to be and what went into making Austria what it is today. The author knows many people in responsible positions, knows his way round the system and concludes with an interesting 'state of the nation' survey of Austria at the end of the Kreisky era, the mid-80s. 14 Unsere Republik auf einen Blick: ein Nachschlagewerk über Österreich. ) Heinrich Neisser, Gerhard Loibelsberger, Helmut Strobl. Vienna: Ueberreuter, 1996.

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