Dialogue as a Strategy of Struggle : Religious Politics in East Germany, 1957–1968





Faculty/Professorship: Modern and Contemporary History  
Author(s): Tóth, Heléna
Title of the Journal: Contemporary European History
ISSN: 0960-7773
Publisher Information: Cambridge [u.a.] : Cambridge Univ. Press
Year of publication: 2020
Volume: 29
Issue: Special Issue 2
Pages: 171-186
Language(s): English
DOI: 10.1017/S0960777320000065
Abstract: 
This article argues that the topos of dialogue between Christians and Marxists fulfilled a key role in the creation and maintenance of power relations in religious politics in East Germany. Three case studies illustrate the topos of dialogue as a strategy of struggle: 1. the campaign against ‘revisionism’ and ‘politicised religion’; 2. the church policy strategy of ‘differentiation’; 3. the critique of the phenomena commonly associated with the Christian–Marxist dialogue outside East Germany in the mid-1960s. These instances of socialist religious politics, while having their own dynamics, were closely related through specific actors and argumentative strategies.
GND Keywords: Deutschland (DDR); Christentum; Religionspolitik; Geschichte 1957-1968
Keywords: history, religion, East Germany
DDC Classification: 320 Political Science  
RVK Classification: MS 6750   
Peer Reviewed: Ja
International Distribution: Ja
Type: Article
URI: https://fis.uni-bamberg.de/handle/uniba/49970
Release Date: 8. June 2021