This study focuses primarily on the activities of German right-wing extremist parties, groups, and individuals since the Berlin Wall’s fall in 1989 and the unification of the two Germanys one year later. German scholars, journalists, and government officials have written much on the topic in German, but much less has been published in English. Thus this volume seeks to make a contribution to the literature on a subject matter that remains topical and, no pun intended, explosive. To understand German history since 1990, which has been marked by the end of the Cold War, increasing social inequalities and pockets of poverty, and the pressures of immigration and inter-ethnic tensions, a look back in history, especially to post-1945 divided Germany, is necessary. This post-1945 period was strongly influenced by the policymakers rejecting the Nazi past but, as will be seen, not by the fledgling right-wing extremist movement, especially in West Germany, that accepted aspects of the Nazi past.


Democratic System Political Spectrum German Scholar Mainstream Party Rightist Party 
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  • Gerard Braunthal
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  1. 1.University of Massachusetts AmherstUSA

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