The Radical Right in Germany, 1945-2000

Project Management: Prof. Dr. Frank Bösch (ZZF Potsdam), Prof. Dr. Gideon Botsch (MMZ Potsdam)
Supported by the Volkswagen Foundation

The research project "The Radical Right in Germany, 1945-2000" examines the contemporary history of the radical right with previously untapped sources and socio-historical approaches. The project uses the term "radical right" to focus on actors who reject the core elements of the existing democratic constitutional order as a representative parliamentary democracy on the basis of a nationalist, authoritarian and racist worldview. This includes the smaller group of the violent extremist right, but is not identical with it. The project focuses on the overarching question of the social practices through which the generational transformation of the radical right in Germany took place - from the actors socialized under National Socialism to the cohort that grew up under democracy and the SED dictatorship and has set the tone since the 1970s.

A short (german) description of the project "Die radikale Rechte in Deutschland, 1945-2000" can be found here (pdf)

Forschung

Projekte

Rightwing Training Ground: The „ Young National Democrats“ („Junge Nationaldemokraten“), ca. 1967–1994

Laura Haßler

Associated PhD project
Part of the project "The Radical Right in Germany, 1945-2000" supported by the Volkswagen Foundation

The „Young National Democrats“ („Junge Nationaldemokraten“, JN) occupy a key position in the history of the ‚National Opposition‘ of the Federal Republic of Germany. How they attained and exercised this key position in the right-wing milieu has not yet been researched historically. The project pursues this question by analyzing their structures, alliances, and activities from the perspective of social history.

 

Andernach, Adenauer visited the German military, photo: Bundesarchiv, Bild 146-1998-006-34 / Wolf, Helmut J. / CC-BY-SA 3.0

The Radical Right and the German military after 1945

Jakob Saß

PhD project
Part of the project "The Radical Right in Germany, 1945-2000" supported by the Volkswagen Foundation

Through archival research, this project analyses, on the one hand, different practices of right-wing soldiers within the armies of West and East Germany. On the other hand, the project takes a closer look at how the German authorities on both sides of the Wall responded to such incidents and structures, in order to understand how these exemplify the relationship between the state and the Radical Right after 1945.

Memorial in Munich for the killed victims of the Oktoberfest attack of September 26, 1980, Photo: Darius Muschiol

Single perpetrators? Right-wing terrorist actors in the old Federal Republic

Darius Muschiol

Asociated PhD project
Part of the project "The Radical Right in Germany, 1945-2000" supported by the Volkswagen Foundation

The work is located in the field of political social history as well as contemporary right-wing extremism research. The central starting point is the question of the extent to which the actors were “lone perpetrators” and / or groups of “half-crazy nuts”, as they were often referred to in politics, authorities and the public.

Leipzig, Demonstration of "Republikanern", Neonazis, January 1990, Photo: Bundesarchiv, Bild 183-1990-0115-032 / Kluge, Wolfgang / CC BY-SA 3.0 DE

Everyday Life and Lifeworlds of the Radical Right from 1945 to 2000

Luisa Seydel

PhD project
Part of the project "The Radical Right in Germany, 1945-2000" supported by the Volkswagen Foundation

 

The Radical Right in Germany, 1945-2000

Project Management: Prof. Dr. Frank Bösch (ZZF Potsdam), Prof. Dr. Gideon Botsch (MMZ Potsdam)
Supported by the Volkswagen Foundation

The research project "The Radical Right in Germany, 1945-2000" examines the contemporary history of the radical right with previously untapped sources and socio-historical approaches. The project uses the term "radical right" to focus on actors who reject the core elements of the existing democratic constitutional order as a representative parliamentary democracy on the basis of a nationalist, authoritarian and racist worldview. This includes the smaller group of the violent extremist right, but is not identical with it. The project focuses on the overarching question of the social practices through which the generational transformation of the radical right in Germany took place - from the actors socialized under National Socialism to the cohort that grew up under democracy and the SED dictatorship and has set the tone since the 1970s.

A short (german) description of the project "Die radikale Rechte in Deutschland, 1945-2000" can be found here (pdf)

Forschung

Projekte

Rightwing Training Ground: The „ Young National Democrats“ („Junge Nationaldemokraten“), ca. 1967–1994

Laura Haßler

Associated PhD project
Part of the project "The Radical Right in Germany, 1945-2000" supported by the Volkswagen Foundation

The „Young National Democrats“ („Junge Nationaldemokraten“, JN) occupy a key position in the history of the ‚National Opposition‘ of the Federal Republic of Germany. How they attained and exercised this key position in the right-wing milieu has not yet been researched historically. The project pursues this question by analyzing their structures, alliances, and activities from the perspective of social history.

 

Andernach, Adenauer visited the German military, photo: Bundesarchiv, Bild 146-1998-006-34 / Wolf, Helmut J. / CC-BY-SA 3.0

The Radical Right and the German military after 1945

Jakob Saß

PhD project
Part of the project "The Radical Right in Germany, 1945-2000" supported by the Volkswagen Foundation

Through archival research, this project analyses, on the one hand, different practices of right-wing soldiers within the armies of West and East Germany. On the other hand, the project takes a closer look at how the German authorities on both sides of the Wall responded to such incidents and structures, in order to understand how these exemplify the relationship between the state and the Radical Right after 1945.

Memorial in Munich for the killed victims of the Oktoberfest attack of September 26, 1980, Photo: Darius Muschiol

Single perpetrators? Right-wing terrorist actors in the old Federal Republic

Darius Muschiol

Asociated PhD project
Part of the project "The Radical Right in Germany, 1945-2000" supported by the Volkswagen Foundation

The work is located in the field of political social history as well as contemporary right-wing extremism research. The central starting point is the question of the extent to which the actors were “lone perpetrators” and / or groups of “half-crazy nuts”, as they were often referred to in politics, authorities and the public.

Leipzig, Demonstration of "Republikanern", Neonazis, January 1990, Photo: Bundesarchiv, Bild 183-1990-0115-032 / Kluge, Wolfgang / CC BY-SA 3.0 DE

Everyday Life and Lifeworlds of the Radical Right from 1945 to 2000

Luisa Seydel

PhD project
Part of the project "The Radical Right in Germany, 1945-2000" supported by the Volkswagen Foundation