The Communist Bids for Power, 1947–1950

  • Elisabeth Barker


In 1947 and 1950 the Austrian Communists, with Soviet support, organised strikes and riots which appeared to be attempts to overthrow or at least undermine the Figl government. The efforts were ineffective and Soviet support — partly because of the restraining presence of the Western occupying powers — was half-hearted. But this did not disprove that the aim was a change of government and a move towards a ‘people’s democracy’; similar methods succeeded in Rumania in 1945 and in Czechoslovakia in 1948.


Austrian Government Socialist Party Marshall Plan Austrian Worker Control Agreement 
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    Karl Gutkas et al., Österreich 1945–1970 (Vienna: Österreichischer Bundesverlag, 1970) p. 224.Google Scholar

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