My first contribution to Thermidor Mag is a little stroll down the road of history, to wipe away the dust that covers one country’s particularly interesting Interwar period. Just as I expounded upon the little-known facts of Romania’s rightward shift in the lead-up to WWII, so is it necessary to do the same for Austria. There is more to Austria’s story than Anschluss.
Austria is an unlikely candidate for the state in the 1900s which came closest to realizing a Reactionary system, thanks to the will and benevolence of one man, Engelbert Dollfuss. From farmland to the chancellory, from Papal embrace to the cold and blood-drenched floor, this is the remarkable and untold story of interwar Austria and the efforts made to save it from oblivion.