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




Faculty/Professorship: Modern and Contemporary History  
Author(s): Tóth, Heléna
Publisher Information: Bamberg : Otto-Friedrich-Universität
Year of publication: 2022
Pages: 171-186
Source/Other editions: Contemporary European History - 29 (2020), 2, S. 171-186 - ISSN: 1469-2171, 0960-7773
is version of: 10.1017/S0960777320000065
Year of first publication: 2020
Language(s): English
Licence: Creative Commons - CC BY - Attribution 4.0 International 
URN: urn:nbn:de:bvb:473-irb-499704
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/53681
Release Date: 10. May 2022

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