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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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Rolling Back the KPD Communism on Trial in the Federal Republic, 1950–1956

Rolling Back the KPD Communism on Trial in the Federal Republic, 1950–1956

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(p.257) 8 Rolling Back the KPD Communism on Trial in the Federal Republic, 1950–1956
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The Death of the KPD
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Patrick Major

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198206934.003.0009

This chapter discusses anti-communism in West Germany during the period from 1950 to 1956. It suggests that anti-communism was being used by some groups to legitimize rearmament and to undermine coexistence with the Eastern Bloc. The West German anti-communism was symptomatic of the general crisis of bourgeois ideology, which represented a last ditch effort to paper over the socio-economic contradictions of capitalism. The virulence of anti-communism was thus taken as an indication of the desperate plight of capitalism.

Keywords:   Eastern Bloc, rearmament, bourgeois ideology, capitalism

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