By Janek Wasserman
Interwar Vienna was once thought of a bastion of radical socialist idea, and its popularity as "Red Vienna" has loomed huge in either the preferred mind's eye and the historiography of critical Europe. in spite of the fact that, as Janek Wasserman indicates during this booklet, a “Black Vienna” existed to boot; its contributors voiced evaluations of the postwar democratic order, Jewish inclusion, and Enlightenment values, supplying a theoretical starting place for Austrian and valuable eu fascist hobbies. the advanced interaction among intellectuals, the general public, and the kingdom, he argues that doubtless apolitical Viennese intellectuals, specially conservative ones, dramatically affected the process Austrian heritage. whereas purple Viennese intellectuals fixed a powerful problem in cultural and highbrow boards through the urban, radical conservatism carried the day. Black Viennese intellectuals hastened the destruction of the 1st Republic, facilitating the institution of the Austrofascist nation and paving the way in which for Anschluss with Nazi Germany.
heavily watching the works and activities of Viennese reformers, reporters, philosophers, and scientists, Wasserman strains highbrow, social, and political advancements within the Austrian First Republic whereas highlighting intellectuals' participation within the starting to be world wide clash among socialism, conservatism, and fascism. Vienna used to be a microcosm of bigger advancements in Europe—the upward thrust of the unconventional correct and the fight among competing ideological visions. via targeting the evolution of Austrian conservatism, Wasserman complicates post–World struggle II narratives approximately Austrian anti-fascism and Austrian victimhood.
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