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Inventing the Silent Majority in Western Europe and the United States

Inventing the Silent Majority in Western Europe and the United States
Conservatism in the 1960s and 1970s

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Anna von der Goltz, Britta Waldschmidt-Nelson, Julian E. Zelizer, Daniel Stedman Jones, John Davis, Bernard Lachaise, Donald T. Critchlow, Bill Schwarz, Joshua D. Farrington, Mark J. Rozell, Thomas Großbölting, Marjet Derks, Martin H. Geyer, Frank Bösch, Martina Steber, Stacie Taranto, Whitney Strub, Lawrence Black, Michael Kazin
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  • Date Published: April 2017
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107165427

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  • Inventing the Silent Majority in Western Europe and the United States examines the unprecedented mobilization and transformation of conservative movements on both sides of the Atlantic during a pivotal period in postwar history. Convinced that 'noisy minorities' had seized the agenda, conservatives in Western Europe and the United States began to project themselves under Nixon's popularized label of the 'silent majority'. The years between the early 1960s and the late 1970s witnessed the emergence of countless new political organizations that sought to defend the existing order against a perceived left-wing threat from the resurgence of a new, politically organized Christian right to the beginnings of a radicalized version of neoliberal economic policy. Bringing together new research by leading international scholars, this ground-breaking volume offers a unique framework for studying the phenomenon of conservative mobilization in a comparative and transnational perspective.

    • Presents a uniquely comparative and transnational perspective on the beginnings of contemporary conservative movements in the US and Western Europe, providing a new dimension to issues and topics usually studied solely on a national basis
    • Features case studies by specialists in a variety of scholarly disciplines, allowing multiple approaches and perspectives to be brought to bear on complex, multifaceted phenomena
    • Gives particular attention to how the motif of the 'silent majority' was taken up by conservative activists in different countries, helping to clarify points of similarity and divergence in European and American conservative movements
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    • Date Published: April 2017
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107165427
    • length: 422 pages
    • copublisher: German Historical Institute
    • dimensions: 235 x 160 x 27 mm
    • weight: 0.74kg
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Contributors
    Acknowledgements
    Introduction: silent majorities and conservative mobilization in the 1960s and 1970s in transatlantic perspective Anna von der Goltz and Britta Waldschmidt-Nelson
    Part I. Origins and Ideas:
    1. American conservatism from Roosevelt to Johnson Julian E. Zelizer
    2. The radicalization of neoliberalism Daniel Stedman Jones
    Part II. Political Mobilization and Responses to Left-wing Protest:
    3. Silent minority? British Conservative students in the age of campus protest John Davis
    4. A vocal minority: student activism of the center-right in West Germany's 1968 Anna von der Goltz
    5. Mobilizing the silent majority in France in the 1970s Bernard Lachaise
    6. The silent majority: a Humean perspective Donald T. Critchlow
    Part III. Conservatism and the Issue of Race:
    7. The silent majority: how the private becomes political Bill Schwarz
    8. African-American Republicans, 'black capitalism', and the Nixon administration Joshua D. Farrington
    Part IV. Religious Mobilization:
    9. Awakening the sleeping giant: the rise and political role of the Christian Right since the 1960s Mark J. Rozell and Britta Waldschmidt-Nelson
    10. Why is there no Christian right in Germany? German conservative Christians and the invention of a silent majority in the 1970s Thomas Großbölting
    11. Modern crusaders: the conservative Catholic politics of resistance in post-conciliar Netherlands Marjet Derks
    Part V. Languages and Media Strategies of Conservatism:
    12. Elisabeth Noelle-Neumann's 'spiral of silence', the silent majority, and the Conservative moment of the 1970s Martin H. Geyer
    13. Campaigning against 'red public television': conservative mobilization and the invention of private television in West Germany Frank Bösch
    14. Talking in Europe: CDU/CSU, the British Conservative Party, and the quest for a common political language in the 1960s and 1970s Martina Steber
    Part VI. Cultures of Conservatism:
    15. Goodbye to the party of Rockefeller: how a decidedly 'un-silent minority' pushed the GOP to embrace anti-feminism Stacie Taranto
    16. Pornography, heteronormativity, and the genealogy of New Right sexual citizenship in the United States Whitney Strub
    17. 1968 and all That(cher): cultures of conservatism and the New Right in Britain Lawrence Black
    Afterword: winners and losers Michael Kazin
    Index.

  • Editors

    Anna von der Goltz, Georgetown University, Washington DC
    Anna von der Goltz is Associate Professor of History at Georgetown University, Washington DC. Her research focusses on protest movements, with a recent emphasis on responses to political, social, and cultural change among center-right students in West Germany. Her first book Hindenburg: Power, Myth, and the Rise of the Nazis (2009) won the Wiener Library's Fraenkel Prize in Contemporary History.

    Britta Waldschmidt-Nelson, German Historical Institute, Washington DC
    Britta Waldschmidt-Nelson is Professor of History at the University of Augsburg. Her main research areas are Transatlantic Relations, African-American Studies and Religious History. Her previous publications include a history of Christian Science in Germany from 1894 to 2009 (2009) and the first German Malcolm X biography (2015), as well as several co-edited collections, among them Europe and America: Cultures in Translation (2006) and The Transatlantic Sixties: Europe and the United States in the Counterculture Decade (2013).

    Contributors

    Anna von der Goltz, Britta Waldschmidt-Nelson, Julian E. Zelizer, Daniel Stedman Jones, John Davis, Bernard Lachaise, Donald T. Critchlow, Bill Schwarz, Joshua D. Farrington, Mark J. Rozell, Thomas Großbölting, Marjet Derks, Martin H. Geyer, Frank Bösch, Martina Steber, Stacie Taranto, Whitney Strub, Lawrence Black, Michael Kazin

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