Elections and Political Parties in Germany, 1945-1952

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Elections and Political Parties in Germany
(1945-1952)

TABLE OF CONTENTS
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Map showing German Political Subdivisions inside front cover
Prefatory Note
Abbreviations of German Political Parties
I. Political Parties
A. Introduction 1
B. Western Germany
1. Christian Democratic Union (CDU) and Christian Social Union (CSU)2
2. Social Democratic Party (SPD)3
3. Free Democratic Party (FDP) and Democratic People's Party (DVP)4
4. Federalist Union (FU) [Bavarian Party (BP) and Center Party (Zentrum)]5-7
5. Bloc of Expellees and Victims of Injustice (BHE)7
6. Communist Party (KPD)9
7. Economic Reconstruction Party (WAV)9
8. German Party (DP)9
9. Socialist Reich Party (SRP)10
10. South Schleswig Electoral League (SSW) 11
C. Eastern Germany
1. Socialist Unity Party (SED)11
2. Christian Democratic Union (CDU)12
3. Liberal Democratic Party (LDP)13
4. National Democratic Party (NDPD)14
5. Democratic Peasant Party (DBD)14
6. "Mass Organizations"15
II. Personalities in Public Life
A. West German 18
B. East German 29
III. Electoral Systems
A. Introductory Note 35
B Electoral Laws in Germany (chart) 36ff
C. Civil Servants in Elective Office (chart) 36ff
IV. Election Statistics and Party Representation
A. Federal Republic of Germany
1. August 1949 Elections to Lower House (Table 1)37
2. Party Strength in the Federal Lower House (chart)38
3. Composition of the Federal Council (chart)40
4. Evolution of Major Party Vote in West Germany and West Berlin (chart)40
B. United States Zone
1. Election Statistics: Bavaria (Table 2) 40ff
2. Election Statistics: Hesse (Table 3) 40ff
3. Election Statistics: Württemberg-Baden (Table 4) 40ff
4. Election Statistics: Bremen (Table 5)41
5. Evolution of Major Party Vote in U.S. Zone (chart)42
6. Party Distribution in State Legislatures and Governments, U.S. Zone (chart)43

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