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Right-Wing Extremism in Contemporary Germany


Part of the New Perspectives in German Political Studies book series (NPG)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Gerard Braunthal
    Pages 1-3
  3. Gerard Braunthal
    Pages 4-18
  4. Gerard Braunthal
    Pages 19-42
  5. Gerard Braunthal
    Pages 43-76
  6. Gerard Braunthal
    Pages 77-116
  7. Gerard Braunthal
    Pages 117-136
  8. Gerard Braunthal
    Pages 137-168
  9. Gerard Braunthal
    Pages 169-200
  10. Gerard Braunthal
    Pages 201-213
  11. Back Matter
    Pages 214-260

About this book


This study of the German right-extremist movement looks at the three rightist political parties, neo-Nazi groups, skinhead gangs, and New Right intellectuals. It poses the question whether, at a time of global recession, the existing democratic system is resilient enough to meet the challenges posed by the xenophobic and racist groups.


democracy extremism German Germany Political Parties

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.University of Massachusetts AmherstUSA

About the authors

GERARD BRAUNTHAL is Professor Emeritus of Political Science, University of Massachusetts Amherst, USA. As a specialist on politics in Germany he has written numerous books on its parties, interest groups, and domestic politics, such as The German Social Democrats since 1969: A Party in Power and Opposition.

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'Right-wing Extremism in Contemporary Germany provides readers with valuable insights into how the far right in Germany is challenging the political order on the streets, in the media and at the ballot box. In this well written and carefully researched book, Gerard Braunthal shows that the 'Berlin Republic' is actively responding to the threat and will be unlikely go the way of the Weimar Republic, even as it experiences the worst economic crisis in decades.'

- David Patton, Connecticut College, USA

'Gerard Braunthal's sweeping study of right-wing extremism in Germany since 1990 is based upon massive research. It is distinguished by the comprehensiveness of its treatment and the meticulousness of its scholarship. This volume will stand for many, many years as THE standard work in English on this theme.'

- Stephen Kalberg, Boston University, USA