‘Sympathy for the Devil?’ The West German Left and the Challenge of Terrorism

  title={‘Sympathy for the Devil?’ The West German Left and the Challenge of Terrorism},
  author={Karrin Hanshew},
  journal={Contemporary European History},
  pages={511 - 532}
  • Karrin Hanshew
  • Published 20 September 2012
  • Political Science
  • Contemporary European History
Abstract In the 1970s, the West German extra-parliamentary Left struggled to respond effectively to left-wing terrorism and the state powers mobilised against it. This article argues that a shared conception of counter-violence as legitimate resistance helps explain the Left's ambivalent relationship to political violence and its solidarity with militants. The mounting strain on the projects and protest networks of student rebels, older leftists, anti-nuclear demonstrators and feminist… 
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