Conservatism and Christian Democracy in the Federal Republic of Germany

  • Alf Mintzel


Conservatism in Germany emerged from the Second World War as a totally discredited force. The Conservative parties in the Weimar Republic had either acquiesced in or positively contributed to the success of the Nazis and those who had collaborated with Hitler discredited the rest. There was some Conservative opposition to Hitler, especially towards the end of the war when the disastrous consequences of his policies were becoming clear, but the failure of the conservative opposition led to the situation where, although particular conservatives might be highly respected as individuals in the resistance, on the whole to be conservative was to be regarded as reactionary, fascist and antidemocratic.1


Foreign Policy Federal Republic Democratic Party Party System Federal Election 
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