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Title: The USSR and the Fate of Austrian Communism 1944-1956
Authors: Mueller, Wolfgang
Keywords: communismaustrian communist partySoviet unionAustriapostwarcomunismoPartito comunista austriacoUnione sovieticadopoguerra
Issue Date: Jun-2017
Publisher: EUT Edizioni Università di Trieste
Source: Wolfgang Mueller, "The USSR and the Fate of Austrian Communism 1944-1956", in "Qualestoria. Rivista di storia contemporanea. Anno XLV, N.ro 1, Giugno 2017. Comunismi di frontiera. I partiti comunisti nell'area Alpe-Adria 1945-1955", Trieste, EUT Edizioni Università di Trieste, 2017, pp. 63-88
Part of: Qualestoria. Rivista di storia contemporanea. Anno XLV, N.ro 1, Giugno 2017. Comunismi di frontiera. I partiti comunisti nell'area Alpe-Adria 1945-1955
Abstract: 
The essay focuses on post-war Stalinist policies towards Austria as a laboratory for
strengthening Communist influence in a country on the Cold War border line. In 1945
Moscow instructed the Communist Party of Austria (KPÖ) to pursue a cautious national-
front policy. Indeed, the strong distrust of a large part of the Austrian population
towards Communism combined with Soviet post-war crimes in Austria contributed to the
KPÖ’s electoral disaster in November 1945. From 1947 on, the KPÖ switched to a more
confrontational line as was later pursued by the Kominformburo. While Soviet support
for the KPÖ was strong enough to cement the latter’s image as a «Soviet party», it was
never strong enough to bring the KPÖ to power.
Type: Article
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10077/21262
ISSN: 0393-6082
Rights: Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 Internazionale
Appears in Collections:Qualestoria. Rivista di storia contemporanea. Anno XLV, N.ro 1, Giugno 2017

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