• 1. Introduction - Austria: Back at the Economic Heart of Central Europe after the Fall of the Austro-Hungarian Empire in 1918?
  • 2. The Historical Division of Europe into East and West - and where or what Is “Central Europe”?
  • 3. Economic Backwardness and Economic Development in Central and Eastern Europe
  • 4. Economy and Finance in the Austro-Hungarian Empire
  • 5. The Development of the Austro-Hungarian Banking System
  • 5.1. Types of Banks
  • 5.2. International Financial Relations
  • 5.3. International Investment
  • 5.4. International Industrial Finance
  • 6. Financial Institutions in Central & Eastern Europe during the Interwar Years
  • 6.1. International Capital Flow to Central & South-Eastern Europe
  • 6.2. Banks and Industrial Enterprises
  • 7. The Great Depression: The Credit-Anstalt Crisis 1931
  • 8. The Consequences of the Credit-Anstalt Crisis for Central & Eastern Europe
  • 9. The Role of Austrian Banks in Nazi Germany’s Expansion to Central, Eastern & South-Eastern Europe
  • 10. Austrian Banks after 1945
  • 11. Austrian Banks Have Led the Way in Central & Eastern Europe since 1989
  • 12. The Transformation in Central & Eastern European Banking & Industry after 1989 and a Century ago – a Comparison
  • 12.1. The Role of Banks in Economic Development
  • 12.2. Bank-Based versus Capital Market-Based Financial Systems
  • 12.3. The Functioning of the Banking System in the Transformation Processes
  • 13. Vienna Stock Exchange: A Financial Hub for Central & Eastern Europe?
  • 14. The Expansion of the Three Largest Austrian Banks in Central, Eastern & South-Eastern Europe since the Fall of the Iron Curtain
  • 14.1. Bank Austria Creditanstalt
  • 14.2. Erste Bank
  • 14.3. Raiffeisen International
  • 15. Intercultural Relationships and Communication in Central, Eastern & South-Eastern Europe
  • 15.1. “K.u.k. Post-Colonial Relationships”?
  • 15.2. Intercultural Business Communication in Central, Eastern & South-Eastern Europe: An Analysis of Austrian Executives’ Personal Impressions
  • 16. Conclusion
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