Inventing the Silent Majority in Western Europe and the United States
Conservatism in the 1960s and 1970s
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Contributors; Acknowledgements; Introduction: silent majorities and conservative mobilization in the 1960s and 1970s in transatlantic perspective Anna von der Goltz and Britta Waldschmidt-Nelson; Part I. Origins and Ideas: 1. American conservatism from Roosevelt to Johnson Julian E. Zelizer; 2. The radicalization of neoliberalism Daniel Stedman Jones; Part II. Political Mobilization and Responses to Left-wing Protest: 3. Silent minority? British Conservative students in the age of campus protest John Davis; 4. A vocal minority: student activism of the center-right in West Germany's 1968 Anna von der Goltz; 5. Mobilizing the silent majority in France in the 1970s Bernard Lachaise; 6. The silent majority: a Humean perspective Donald T. Critchlow; Part III. Conservatism and the Issue of Race: 7. The silent majority: how the private becomes political Bill Schwarz; 8. African-American Republicans, 'black capitalism', and the Nixon administration Joshua D. Farrington; Part IV. Religious Mobilization: 9. Awakening the sleeping giant: the rise and political role of the Christian Right since the 1960s Mark J. Rozell and Britta Waldschmidt-Nelson; 10. Why is there no Christian right in Germany? German conservative Christians and the invention of a silent majority in the 1970s Thomas Grossboelting; 11. Modern crusaders: the conservative Catholic politics of resistance in post-conciliar Netherlands Marjet Derks; Part V. Languages and Media Strategies of Conservatism: 12. Elisabeth Noelle-Neumann's 'spiral of silence', the silent majority, and the Conservative moment of the 1970s Martin H. Geyer; 13. Campaigning against 'red public television': conservative mobilization and the invention of private television in West Germany Frank Boesch; 14. Talking in Europe: CDU/CSU, the British Conservative Party, and the quest for a common political language in the 1960s and 1970s Martina Steber; Part VI. Cultures of Conservatism: 15. Goodbye to the party of Rockefeller: how a decidedly 'un-silent minority' pushed the GOP to embrace anti-feminism Stacie Taranto; 16. Pornography, heteronormativity, and the genealogy of New Right sexual citizenship in the United States Whitney Strub; 17. 1968 and all That(cher): cultures of conservatism and the New Right in Britain Lawrence Black; Afterword: winners and losers Michael Kazin; Index.
For historians of social movements, this text explores 1960s and 1970s conservative political activism in the US and Western Europe.