Introduction -- Confessional conflict in German history -- Politics in defeat: the organizational beginnings of Christian democracy -- Christian democratic organization beyond the British zone: priests, Protestants, patriarchy -- Secularism, materialism, and rechristianization: the construction of a Christian democratic ideology -- Antimaterialism applied: ideological positions in the early CDU -- Christian democracy in practice: economic discourse and policy -- The CDU in council: forging economic and cultural policy -- Christian democracy and confessional culture in the Federal Republic -- Conclusion.
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