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By Arnold J. Heidenheimer

This is a research within the reestablishment of de­ mocratic celebration politics in divided and occupied Germany after the downfall of the nationwide Socialist tyranny. Its topic is the expansion of the Christian Democratic Union and the increase to energy of its chief, Konrad Adenauer. heavily linked to the luck of the German Federal Republic in attaining prosperity, political and armed forces strength and the prestige of an best friend of the Western powers, the CDU has but been the topic of generally various reviews. just like the regime with which it's linked, it suffers from the truth that for lots of observers admiration for a few German post-war achievements is blended with residual mistrust and skepticism. moreover, realizing of the CDU has been handicapped through pressured photos of the forces it represents, lack of information approximately its inner association, and the overpowering place which its chief has accomplished in recent times. To observers either in Germany and overseas the dominant Chancellor and social gathering chief looks to overshadow either social gathering and govt with the end result that the 1950'S, the important interval of German reconstruction, has already been labelled the Adenauer Decade.

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Various conservative, Liberal and national creeds had lost standing either because of the inglorious record of the parties which had espoused their values, or because the war had effected social transformations which completed the decline of the social groups from which they had drawn their articulate advocates. Many who had previously identified with these creeds now found Christian Democracy the least unacceptable of the competing political movements. In many countries, the Christian Democrats did more than merely absorb the former voters of the old parties.

18 INTRODUCTION doctrines were not the only ones discredited. Other political doctrines which had claimed the support of sizable groups in the pre-Fascist era had also lost much of their appeal. Various conservative, Liberal and national creeds had lost standing either because of the inglorious record of the parties which had espoused their values, or because the war had effected social transformations which completed the decline of the social groups from which they had drawn their articulate advocates.

Christian Democracy proved its adaptability by participating in the move to the left which was part of the general reaction against Fascism. But the structure provided by the initial unity of Resistance and anti-Fascist forces proved short-lived. Political alliances, it turned out, could not be forged from the allegiances of yesterday. The dominant poles of post-war politics were the political Liberalism of the West, particularly America, and Soviet Communism. Faced with this polarization, Christian Democracy abandoned its initial inclination to flirt with the left and came increasingly to identify itself with the dominant forces within the Western coalition.

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