Thinking globally, acting (trans-)locally: Petra Kelly and the transnational roots of West German Green politics Public Deposited

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  • Milder, Stephen
    • Affiliation: College of Arts and Sciences, Department of History
  • The first years of the 1970s have been seen by scholars of the German Left as a period of dissolution, highlighted by the factionalization of the 1968er movement. Yet, as an avowed European Integrationist, Petra Kelly found many opportunities for the integration and growth necessary for a developing social movement in the early 1970s. Kelly soon combined her internationalist impulses with grassroots anti-nuclear activism, developing a new trans-local politics. She became a human link between grassroots movements, traveling frequently between them and ferrying new ideas across Europe and all over the world. Re-tracing Kelly's journeys of the 1970s clarifies the essential role played by anti-nuclear activists at the grassroots level, many of whom were anything but 68ers, and internationalist ideas in the crystallization of a nationally organized Green Party in West Germany.
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