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Crowds and DemocracyThe Idea and Image of the Masses from Revolution to Fascism$
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Stefan Jonsson

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780231164788

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231164788.001.0001

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Introducing the Masses

Introducing the Masses

Vienna, 15 July 1927

(p.1) 1 Introducing the Masses
Crowds and Democracy

Stefan Jonsson

Columbia University Press

This chapter describes an incident that occurred on July 15, 1927 in Vienna, Austria, to set the stage for a discussion of the concept of “the mass”. On this day, a protest march organized by workers escalated into violence when demonstrators were struck down by the police. When calm was restored, eighty-five civilians and four police officers had been killed, and more than one thousand people were injured. The fifteenth of July 1927 saw the breakdown of the democratic forms that had until then contained the political passions of Austria's postimperial society. From then on, the upper classes would associate the workers' idea of a good society with the raging masses or the Bolshevik revolution, and these masses would see, in the burghers' idea of a good society, the flashing muzzle of a gun.

Keywords:   Vienna, demonstrations, violence, police, the masses, collective behavior, Austria, postimperial society, interwar Europe

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