Routes Into the Abyss: Coping with Crises in the 1930s

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Helmut Konrad, Wolfgang Maderthaner
Berghahn Books, Jun 1, 2013 - History - 230 pages

Examining the 1930s and the different reactions to the crisis, this volume offers a global comparative perspective that includes a comparison across time to give insight into the contemporary global recession. Germany, Italy, Austria and Spain with their antidemocratic, authoritarian or fascistic answers to the economic crisis are compared not only to an opposite European perspective – the Swedish example – but also to other global perspectives and their political consequences in Japan, China, India, Turkey, Brazil and the United States. The book offers no recipe for economic, social or political action in today’s recession, but it shows a wide range of reactions in the past, some of which led to catastrophe.

 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Crisis and Workers Movements
12
The Significance of February 1934 in Austria in both National and International Context
20
Avalanches of Spring The Great War Modernism and the Rise of AustroFascism
33
Fascism in Italy between the Poles of Reactionary Thought and Modernity
55
Hitlers Dictatorship His Role as Leader in the Nazi Regime
78
The Second Spanish Republic The Challenges Facing a Democracy in Troubled Times
86
The Crisis in the 1930s and the Rise to Power of the Swedish Social Democrats
102
Turkey in the First World Crisis From Authoritarianism to Totalitarianism
127
Brazil in the 1930s State Building Nationalism and WorkingClass Agency
139
Labour Organization and Gender The Jute Industry in Indiain the 1930s
152
Japans Way Out of the Crisis of the 1930s as a Strategy for Over oming Modernity
167
Reappraising the Nanjing Decade 19271937Modernizing China during the World Economic Crisis
183
Notes on Contributors
199
Bibliography
203
Index
219

The United States in the Great Depression Was the Fascist Door Open?
115

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About the author (2013)

Wolfgang Maderthaner has been the scientific and administrative director of the Austrian Labour History Society since 1983 and was appointed General Director of the Austrian National Archives in April 2012. He has published in several languages, most recently der Rest ist ÷sterreich. Das Werden der Ersten Republik 1918–1920 (2008), Neoliberalismus und die Krise des Sozialen. Das Beispiel ÷sterreich (2010), and L ́autoliquidation de la raison. Les sciences de la culture et la crise du social (2010).

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