Fragments of a Political Diary

Fragments of a Political Diary

Fragments of a Political Diary

Fragments of a Political Diary

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On his death on September 19th, 1925, Dr. Joseph Maria Baernreither, the Austrian statesman, nominated in his will as legatees of his literary remains: Dr. Karl Urban, exMinister of Trade in the Imperial-Royal Government; Dr. Joseph Redlich, ex-Minister of Finance, and Dr. Oskar von Mitis, ex-Director of the Austrian State Archives. At the same time, our departed friend laid upon us the task of publishing his reminiscences of the latter years of his life, under the title "Fragments of a Political Diary." The substance of his narrative consisted of a long series of diaries, written in his own hand, which were all found amonghispapers. In writing his recollections, Baernreither drew largely on letters from friends, both political and personal, on memoranda and on other important sources of the history of his own time.

At the request of my friends Mitis and Urban, I undertook the duty of preparing the following volume for publication, and prefacing it with a brief sketch of the life of the author. This volume comprises only that part of Baernreither's recollections which deals with the development of the South Slav question in Austro-Hungarian politics, and particularly with foreign policy in South-Eastern Europe in the years immediately preceding the world war. It is the belief of the editor and of his friends that they have best met the obligation laid upon them by beginning with the issue of this portion of the recollections. Baernreither's long intimacy with the political leaders among the South Slavs, and with South Slav society generally, marks him out as best fitted to make clear, for later generations, the whole problem presented by the South Slav question as . . .

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