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German and US Conservatives have Little In Common

While across the US the German election has been depicted in the mainstream media as a defeat for the ruling Conservative (Christian Democrat) Party, the reality of conservatism in Germany — and most of Europe — is that it bears little resemblence to what it means to Americans.

Canada General Election 2021

Prime minister Justin Trudeau, after just two years of minority government, has called an election with the shortest campaign period that the law allows. He wants …

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Was Hitler a Socialist?

Hitler

A professor of international history debunks a widely-held myth among Americans.

Matthew Fitzpatrick is a Professor of International History, particularly German history, at Flinders University, Adelaide, Australia.

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    German Federal Election 2021

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    The German Press Agency (DPA) described us in 2001 as A way out of the political woods. Arguably one of the most challenging new interactive websites to pop up in cyberspace. Now Die Zeit presents our essential work (unacknowledged) in a seriously flawed version.

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    Anarchist thinkers, their ideas, and the extraordinary story of an often misunderstood strain of radical political thought.

    Matthew Adams is an historian of British intellectual history, with a special interest in the development of anarchism as a political tradition.

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