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Vierteljahrshefte für Zeitgeschichte

Ed. by Altrichter, Helmut / Möller, Horst / Szöllösi-Janze, Margit / Wirsching, Andreas


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Volume 64, Issue 2

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Liberale Flügelkämpfe

Hildegard Hamm-Brücher im Diskurs über den Liberalismus in der frühen Bundesrepublik

Jacob S. Eder
Published Online: 2016-04-15 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/vfzg-2016-0015

Vorspann

Jung, weiblich, elegant, gebildet und eine entschiedene Streiterin für die Liberalisierung Nachkriegsdeutschlands: Hildegard Hamm-Brücher erregte schon früh in ihrer Karriere als FDP-Politikerin Aufsehen. Doch die Partei war vielfach durchsetzt mit Deutschnationalen oder gar wenig geläuterten Nationalsozialisten. Entsprechende Kräfte im bayerischen Landesverband versuchten 1962 im Vorfeld der bayerischen Landtagswahlen, der politischen Laufbahn von Hamm-Brücher ein Ende zu setzen. Wie und warum dieser Versuch letztlich scheiterte und die Politikerin als Symbolfigur für einen zukunftsorientierten Liberalismus aus dem Streit hervorging, analysiert Jacob Eder in seinem Beitrag.

Abstract

Until the 1960s, factional infighting between the left-liberal and national liberal forces, particularly in the state parties, split the FDP (Freie Demokratische Partei, or Free Democratic Party). The case of North Rhine-Westphalia is, for example, well explored. The development of organised liberalism in post-war Bavaria is, however, relatively unknown. Here too, “Liberals” on the one hand and “Nationals”, who wanted to take the FDP on a right-wing course, on the other (among the latter many former National Socialists) struggled for predominance in the party. During the 1950s, Hildegard Hamm-Brücher stood out as one of the most prominent representatives of the left-liberal wing and thus received attention from the general public and the press even from beyond the borders of Bavaria. The article is not only dedicated to an analysis of her politics, but is also devoted to the question, how the public discourse negotiated expectations regarding the future of liberalism as well as future forms of shaping policy by focusing on the politican Hamm-Brücher. The article investigates, how she was able to assert herself despite not having much support in the party at first, and why she became a symbol for liberal politics throughout the whole Federal Republic. Special attention is given to the dissemination of policy in the media and the construction of the image of a modern politician.

Keywords: Hamm-Brücher; Liberalismus; Linksliberalismus; FDP in Bayern

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Published Online: 2016-04-15

Published in Print: 2016-04-15


Citation Information: Vierteljahrshefte für Zeitgeschichte, Volume 64, Issue 2, Pages 291–326, ISSN (Online) 2196-7121, ISSN (Print) 0042-5702, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/vfzg-2016-0015.

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