In This Review

My Austria
My Austria
By Kurt Schuschnigg
Knopf, 1938, 308 pp

This book was not intended by its author, the former Chancellor of Austria, to be a post mortem on his country's independence; but that in effect is what it is. From Schuschnigg's summary of Austria's postwar history and from his own political philosophy and character as etched in these pages, it is clear that the Austrian state as he and Dollfuss conceived it -- essentially Fascist and clerical -- was not viable: it did not rest on the consent of a majority of elements in the country and was therefore destined to last only so long as it could secure outside help. Dorothy Thompson contributes a touching introduction, praising Schuschnigg in terms belied by the record.