By Janek Wasserman
Interwar Vienna used to be thought of a bastion of radical socialist suggestion, and its popularity as "Red Vienna" has loomed huge in either the preferred mind's eye and the historiography of vital Europe. although, as Janek Wasserman indicates during this e-book, a “Black Vienna” existed to boot; its contributors voiced opinions of the postwar democratic order, Jewish inclusion, and Enlightenment values, delivering a theoretical origin for Austrian and valuable eu fascist activities. the complicated interaction among intellectuals, the general public, and the nation, he argues that probably apolitical Viennese intellectuals, specially conservative ones, dramatically affected the process Austrian historical past. whereas pink Viennese intellectuals fastened a magnificent problem in cultural and highbrow boards in the course of 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 looking at 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 transforming into around the globe clash among socialism, conservatism, and fascism. Vienna used to be a microcosm of bigger advancements in Europe—the upward push of the novel correct and the fight among competing ideological visions. through targeting the evolution of Austrian conservatism, Wasserman complicates post–World battle II narratives approximately Austrian anti-fascism and Austrian victimhood.
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