57: The Dreams of Greater Germany

Description

The concept of joining Austria and Germany was not a new idea though, and certainly not one that originated in Nazi Germany. It was instead something that was quite popular at various points in the past, and during this episode we will look at the roots of Pan-Germanism as a movement in the months and years immediately following the end of the First World War, and also why those Pan-Germanist dreams were not fulfilled after 1918. The movement would then have an interesting evolution as its strongest supporters in 1919 would be its strongest opponents in 1938, and shift that we will touch on both in this episode and in episode 58.

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Sources

  • The Anschluss Movement 1918-1919 and the Paris Peace Conference by Alfred D. Low
  • Anschluss: The Rape of Austria by Gordon Brook-Sheperd (1963)
  • Appeasement: Chamberlain, Hitler, Churchill and the Road to War by Tim Bouverie
  • Austrian Studies Today - Austria in the 1920s by John Deak
  • From Splinter Party to Mass Movement: The Austrian Nazi Breakthrough by Bruce F. Pauley
  • Austrofascism: Revisiting the ‘Authoritarian State’ 40 Years On by Julie Thorpe
  • Dollfuss: An Austrian Patriot by Johannes Messner (1935)
  • Civic Education in Authoritarian Austria, 1934-38 by Carla Esden-Tempska
  • Imagining a Greater Germany: Republican Nationalism and the Idea of Anschluss by Erin R. Hochman
  • Munich, 1938: Appeasement and World War II by Faber, David
  • The Myth of Austria as Nazi Victim, the Emigrants and the Discipline of Exile Studies by Sonja Niederacher
  • Pan-Germans, Better Germans, Austrians: Austrian Historians on National Identity from the First to the Second Republic by Gernot Heiss
  • From Habsburg to Hitler to Haider: The Peculiarities of Austrian History by Harry Ritter
  • Political Violence, its Forms and Strategies in the First Austrian Republic by Gerhard Botz
  • Defending Catholic Interests in the Christian State: The Role of Catholic Action in Austria, 1933-1938 by Laura Gellott
  • The Times we Live In. Witnessing the rise of fascism in Austria from 1930 to 1934 by Hannah M. Buchinger
  • Viennese Public Libraries, 1934-1938 by Margaret F. Stieg

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