May 15, 2017

New Publication: Inventing the Silent Majority in Western Europe and the United States” Conservatism in the 1960s and 1970s

Anna von der Goltz and Britta Waldschmidt-Nelson’s edited volume in the GHI’s series with Cambridge University Press examines the unprecedented mobilization and transformation of conservative movements on both sides of the Atlantic from the 1960s to the 1970s. This new politically mobilized “silent majority” spawned countless new political organizations that sought to defend the existing order against a perceived left-wing threat from the resurgence of a new, politically organized Christian right to the beginnings of a radicalized version of neoliberal economic policy. The volume provides a comparative and transnational perspective for understanding conservative mobilization across countries, clarifying similarities as well as divergences between European and American conservative movements.

Inventing the Silent Majority in Western Europe and the United States: Conservatism in the 1960s and 1970s, edited by Anna von der Goltz and Britta Waldschmidt-Nelson, is available from Cambridge University Press.