Red Vienna

Red Vienna : Experiment in Working-class Culture, 1919-34

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This study attempts to bring to life the Vienna of the 1920s, a city in which the municipal socialist government not only attempted to create a democratic alternative to the Bolshevik experiment in Russia, but also launched a massive programme to reshape working-class culture. From public housing, welfare, health and education programmes that transformed the face of the city to socialist festivals, parades and sports events, the Austro-Marxist leadership tried to create a new working class, reaching even into the most private spheres of all: the family and sexuality. The text examines how it was a project doomed to failure, largely because of the socialist elite's failure to understand existing working-class subcultures, and because of its disregard for workers' tastes and cultural pursuits.
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  • Hardback | 280 pages
  • 157.48 x 236.22 x 27.94mm | 521.63g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • halftones, 2 maps
  • 0195069145
  • 9780195069143

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