Confessing Church, Conservative Elites, and the Nazi State

Author: Baranowski, Shelley
Year:1986
Pages:200
ISBN:0-88946-816-8
978-0-88946-816-0
Price:199.95
Examines the close relationship between aristocratic Prussian landowners and the leadership of the Confessing Church and shows the limits of German conservative-elite opposition to Nazism. Contends that the opposition of the Confessing Church to the Nazi regime was highly ambiguous and argues that the so-called church struggle was but a special case of class struggle.

Reviews

"Baranowski has hammered the last nail into the coffin of church struggle historiography as hagiographical event-history." - Currents in Theology and Mission

". . . refutes the `myth of resistance' that has been building in post-war Germany." - Religious Studies Review

"This is yet another piece of the jigsaw, and a critical one. . . . an important book, based on careful evidence." - European History Quarterly

". . . welcome addition . . . reveals, with clarity and conviction, the limits of the German conservative elite opposition . . . Baranowski is right in arguing that our politics of anti-communism have influenced the writing of the history of communist res