Weg und Ziel

Weg und Ziel (German: The Road and Goal) was a monthly Marxist–Leninist theoretical journal which was affiliated with the Communist Party of Austria. The journal was published in Vienna in the period 1935–2000. Its subtitle was Monatsschrift für Theorie und Praxis des Marxismus-Leninismus (German: Monthly Journal for the Theory and Practice of Marxism-Leninism).[1]

Weg und Ziel
CategoriesPolitical magazine
PublisherGlobus Verlag
Final issue
Based inVienna

History and profileEdit

Weg und Ziel was launched in 1935.[2] The journal was one of the publications of the Communist Party.[2][3] It was published by the Globus Verlag, based in Vienna, on a monthly basis.[2][3] Its sister publication was Volksstimme.[4]

Shortly after its start Weg und Ziel became an illegal publication.[1] One of the significant topics that the journal dealt with in its early years was the concept of nation in Austria.[1] However, it mostly published the German translations of the official news published in the Soviet Union which were featured with no comment or further discussion.[5]

Long-term editor of Weg und Ziel was Franz Marek who was appointed to the post in 1946.[6][7] Under his editorship the journal adopted a Gramscian approach.[6] In 1992 Julius Mende was appointed editor.[6] Some of the contributors included Ernst Fischer, Otto Langbein[1] and Alfred Klahr.[8]


  1. ^ a b c d Fritz Fellner (June 1988). "The Problem of the Austrian Nation after 1945". The Journal of Modern History. 60 (2): 267, 275. doi:10.1086/600336. S2CID 144927157.
  2. ^ a b c "Weg und Ziel" (in German). Frauen in Bewegung 1848–1938.
  3. ^ a b Charles J. McClain, Jr. (July 1977). "From Ideology to Utopia: Ernst Fischer in Retrospect". Journal of Contemporary History. 12 (3): 573. doi:10.1177/002200947701200308. S2CID 162015285.
  4. ^ J. Wilczynski (2019). An Encyclopedic Dictionary of Marxism, Socialism and Communism. Berlin; New York: De Gruyter. p. 97. ISBN 978-3-11-085205-9.
  5. ^ Maximilian Graf (2019). "The Austrian Communists and Perestroika". In Francesco Di Palma (ed.). Perestroika and the Party: National and Transnational Perspectives on European Communist Parties in the Era of Soviet Reform. New York: Berghahn Books. p. 278. ISBN 978-1-78920-021-8.
  6. ^ a b c Walter Baier (2018). "Gramsci was a Shibboleth". International Gramsci Journal. 3 (1).
  7. ^ Karlo Ruzicic-Kessler (2019). "A Forgotten Protagonist of European Communism: Franz Marek and the Transnational Communist Debate". Qualestoria. 47 (1): 71–93. hdl:10863/12113.
  8. ^ Peter Thaler (1999). "National History: National Imagery: The Role of History in Postwar Austrian Nation-Building". Central European History. 32 (3): 296. doi:10.1017/S0008938900021142. S2CID 144280903.