The Allied Powers and the Austrians, 1939–1945
Even if the Austrians knew by 1943 what they wanted, they were in no position to decide their own future. This, once again, was decided for them by outside forces, the Allied Powers. The Allied governments, moreover, were very little influenced by developments inside Austria, about which they lacked information, or by exiled Austrian leaders abroad who, after Otto Bauer’s death in 1938, were men without political weight and were quite unable to unite in a single representative body. The Allied Powers therefore settled Austria’s future in the light of their own interests, or what one or the other conceived to be the interest of European peace. It was a fortunate coincidence that this time the wishes of the big Powers were in harmony with the wishes of the Austrians.
KeywordsLabour Party Representative Body Danube Basin Austrian Group Political Weight
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