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union, especially the political union of Austria with Germany in 1938.
Contemporary Examples

After the Russian Anschluss in Crimea last week, people around the world are asking themselves uneasily: How far will Moscow go?
Putin’s Dream of Empire Doesn’t Stop at Crimea, Or Even Ukraine Oleg Shynkarenko March 22, 2014

Sound or not, Kennedy became ambassador in 1938, the year that Germany marched into Austria to create the Anschluss.
“The Patriarch”: Joseph Kennedy Sr.’s Outsized Life Jacob Heilbrunn November 20, 2012

Historical Examples

The word “Anschluss” seems hardly to imply so complete a union as was afterwards aimed at by the German party in Vienna.
The Revolutionary Movement of 1848-9 in Italy, Austria-Hungary, and Germany C. Edmund (Charles Edmund) Maurice

a political or economic union, esp the annexation of Austria by Nazi Germany (1938)

1924, from German Anschluß, “connection; addition; junction,” literally “joining, union,” from anschließen “to join, annex,” from an “at, to, toward” + schließen “to shut, close, lock, bolt; contract” (a marriage); see slot (n.2). Specifically the proposal to unite Germany and Austria, accomplished in 1938.


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