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Diverging Paths? Conservatism in Britain and West Germany from the 1960s to the 1980s

26-28 January 2012

Workshop to be held at the German Historical Institute London
Convenor: Martina Steber (GHIL)

The decades from the 1960s to the 1980s were marked by fundamental change which profoundly challenged Conservative worldviews. At the same time, Conservatives tried to influence its direction. In the 1980s, both in Britain and in the Federal Republic of Germany, Conservative led governments dominated the decade politically. Whereas ‘Thatcherism’ shaped the country in Britain, in West Germany the post-war model of social market economy continued to provide the rationale of CDU/CSU policies. So far, research has accentuated these diverging paths, despite a lack of broader historical studies. With research in Conservatism in this period flourishing the workshop will bring together new approaches and open up comparative perspectives in order to test prevailing interpretations.

Workshop outline (PDF file)
Workshop programme (PDF file)

Conference report (PDF file), published in: GHIL Bulletin 34 (2012), Vol 2