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The Other '68ersStudent Protest and Christian Democracy in West Germany$
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Anna von der Goltz

Print publication date: 2021

Print ISBN-13: 9780198849520

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2021

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198849520.001.0001

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The (Ir)Resistible Rise of the Other ‘68ers

The (Ir)Resistible Rise of the Other ‘68ers

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The Other '68ers

Anna von der Goltz

Oxford University Press

The book’s final chapter traces how many of the protagonists of this book became a major public phenomenon around the time that Helmut Kohl was elected Chancellor in 1982. It charts the other ‘68ers’ short ‘march through the institutions’ and assesses their programmatic, strategic, and cultural impact on the CDU from the 1970s into the 1980s. Second, it analyses the role that commemorations of 1968 and generational claims played in their rise to public prominence. It shows that the other ‘68ers helped to shape memories of the student movement in important ways and, from the 1980s into the early 2000s, were key players in the memory wars about how exactly 1968 had transformed West German politics and society.

Keywords:   Christian Democrats, Helmut Kohl, memory, 1968, biography, conservatism

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