"a fantasy transporting the dreamer to the revolutionary year of 1848"



   1848 saw a number of political uprisings in numerous European nations, incited by the 'June days' workers' revolt in Paris (See note to page 23).  Viennese physician Adolf Fischof (1816-1893) was a leader of the Academic Legion, an organisation of university students who were a powerful revolutionary force in the city until they were crushed by the Austrian miliary, which placed Vienna under martial law.