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Imagining a Greater GermanyRepublican Nationalism and the Idea of Anschluss$
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Erin R. Hochman

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781501704444

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9781501704444.001.0001

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Staging a Greater German Republic

Staging a Greater German Republic

Cross-Border Republican Rallies

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Imagining a Greater Germany

Erin R. Hochman

Cornell University Press

This chapter investigates the use of cross-border visits and motifs in political commemorations and rallies. In particular, it looks at the relationship between the Reichsbanner Schwarz-Rot-Gold and the Republikanischer Schutzbund. Highlighting the ability of republican großdeutsch nationalism to mobilize popular support, thousands of members of the two associations traveled across the border to attend pro-republican festivities, where they received an enthusiastic reception from local populations. Yet this cross-border relationship was not without problems. The Austrian socialists' revolutionary rhetoric and attacks on their Catholic political opponents at home stirred tensions between the two republican organizations. These disagreements, however, did not simply originate within the republican coalition. Conservatives and the radical right in both states endeavored to break up the republican alliance. The political right's effort to do so was a sign of the importance of the cross-border republican partnership to the defense of democracy.

Keywords:   cross-border visits, political commemorations and rallies, Reichsbanner Schwarz-Rot-Gold, Republikanischer Schutzbund, popular support, pro-republican festivities, cross-border republican partnership

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