Julia Khrebtan-Hörhager’s article published in EuropeNow

Associate Professor Julia Khrebtan-Hörhager and Evgeniya Pyatovskaya, Ph.D. Candidate in Communication at the University of South Florida, have published the article “Austria at the Crossroads of History: Choosing between Comfort and Conscience during the War in Ukraine” in EuropeNow as part of their Ukraine series.


Complex cultural relationships between Russia and Austria span hundreds of years, years deeply rooted in rich imperial, political, and cultural interdependence. Unlike many other European countries, these two former imperial powers managed to not wage wars against each other until World War I, when Russia and Austria involuntarily crossed swords for the first time. Even though they fought on the opposite sides, they both experienced a similar end—they lost the war and underwent major transformations of their respective states, governments, and political systems. With numerous tragedies befalling the two royal families, including suicides, assassinations, and executions, both monarchies ceased to exist. In the end, Russia’s monarchy was brutally replaced by the Soviet Communist regime, and Austro-Hungarian Empire dissolved. . . .