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Christian Democracy, Social Democracy, and the Foundation of the West German State (Seminar)
December 2, 2012 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Prof. Noah Strote (North Carolina State University) will present a lecture titled “Christian Democracy, Social Democracy, and the Foundation of the West German State.” When asked for historical examples of success in Western-sponsored nation-building projects, advocates invariably cite the occupation and supervision of post-Nazi Germany. However, the traditional emphasis on police power and economic development has obscured a vital component of how nation-building actually worked in Germany during its democratic transition. This seminar points to the creation of consensus among social groups in a long-divided population, focusing particularly on the ideological reconciliation of Christian democrats and social democrats in response to their common persecution after 1933.
Hosted by the NC German Seminar Series in conjunction with the Triangle Intellectual History Seminar and the Triangle Seminar for Jewish Studies.