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Exploring the convictions behind these ...
Exploring the convictions behind these phenomena, Evan Bukey offers a detailed examination of popular opinion in Hitler's native country after the Anschluss (annexation) of 1938. He uses evidence gathered in Europe and the United States--including highly confidential reports of the Nazi Security Service--to dissect the reactions, views, and conduct of disparate political and social groups, most notably the Austrian Nazi Party, the industrial working class, the Catholic Church, and the farming community.
Sketching a nuanced and complex portrait of Austrian attitudes and behavior in the Nazi era, Bukey demonstrates that despite widespread dissent, discontent, and noncompliance, a majority of the Austrian populace supported the Anschluss regime until the bitter end, particularly in its economic and social policies and its actions against Jews.
Central European Histor
Bukey's work is tightly organized, well written, thoroughly researched, and solidly argued. It belongs in every university library collection.
The results of Bukey's efforts amply demonstrate his dedication and industry . . . . Bukey succeeds in providing a thorough chronicle.
Journal of Modern History
Remarkable for Bukey's ability to distinguish between subtle variations in popular attitudes.
Journal of Social History
A fair, conscientiously multifaceted though unsparingly frank picture of the Austrian people during the period of Nazi rule.
Abbreviations and Glossary
Part I. The Road to Greater Germany
1. Before the Ostmark
2. The Austrians and the Anschluss
Part II. From Anschluss to War
3. The Nazi Populace: Between Acclamation and Disappointment
4. The Working Class: Acceptance and Apathy
5. Austrian Catholicism: Antipathy and Accommodation
6. The Farming Populace: Anger and Anguish
7. The Popular Assault on the Jews
Part III. The Austrian People and Hitler's War
8. A Distant Conflict, 1939-1943
9. Between Stalingrad and the Moscow Declaration
10. Conquest and Collapse, 1944-1945