stándestaat

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stándestaat

a postfeudal form of the STATE in some parts of Western Europe (e.g. France, Prussia) in which the broad ESTATES of the realm (e.g. nobility, burghers) possessed rights to be consulted by the ruler in affairs of state. The meetings of the states-general in France at the start of the 1789 Revolution were assemblies of representatives of estates. The existence of such groups, for which there exist no direct parallels outside Europe, has sometimes been seen as an important factor in the distinctive ‘democratic’, ‘participatory’ route taken by European politics.
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That changed during the time of Austrofascism and National Socialism.
Yet the massive economic and political transformation of the 1930s--global economic crisis, Austrofascism, the Nazi seizure of power in Germany including the acceleration of motorisation against the background of war preparations and the armaments industry --had an impact on the development of automobility in Austria.
The years of Austrofascism and Nazism between 1934 and 1945 bled the Austrian liberal potential dry in the most horrific sense of the phrase.
The Austrian democracy of the twenties with its sharp divisions and conflict orientation and its brutal extinction through Austrofascism had created a general feeling that one has to adhere strictly and without compromise to one side or the other in order to reach one's chosen targets.