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The Death of the KPDCommunism and Anti-Communism in West Germany, 1945-1956$
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Patrick Major

Print publication date: 1998

Print ISBN-13: 9780198206934

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198206934.001.0001

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From Coalition to Opposition The Parliamentary Politics of the Kpd

From Coalition to Opposition The Parliamentary Politics of the Kpd

(p.74) 3 From Coalition to Opposition The Parliamentary Politics of the Kpd
The Death of the KPD

Patrick Major

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses parliamentary politics of the Kommunistische Partei Deutschlands (KPD) in West Germany. The KPD was able to assume some legislative positions and lingered on in a number of Landtage and local parliaments, but in an obstructive rather than constructive role, demonstrating the Communists' fundamental opposition to the West German state. It argues that the process of KPD marginalization was a combination of self-destruction from within and ostracism from without.

Keywords:   Landtage, parliamentary politics, political opposition, ostracism, marginalization

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