By D.R. Dorondo

An exam of the query of German federalism, this research goals to give a contribution to a extra thorough figuring out of the evolution of the Bavarian federalist concept as espoused by way of the Bavarian People's occasion and the Christian Social Union. Dorondo, evaluating the federalist case positioned via either events, indicates that whereas major variations exist, own and ideological hyperlinks among the 2 events could be noticeable to span the void created by means of dictatorship and struggle.

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As was the case with Reichskonferenz of 1918 and the conference of the Lander of 1919, Bavaria advocated as great a degree of autonomy for the individual states as was consonant with a federal constitutional structure. Based upon a memorandum of 1926 which, in turn, rested upon the foundations of the 'Bamberger Programme' of 1922, the demands put forward by the Bavarian minister-president, Held, called for a general review of financial authority between the Reich and Lander administrations. 46 The convocation of the minister-presidents raised hope in the federallyinclined BVP and apprehension among those inclined toward a more strongly centralized Reich.

Already on 15 May the new Bavarian Minister of the Interior (and NSDAP Gauleiter), Adolf Wagner, had declared in Regensburg that in future he would tolerate no more political parties. 68 On 21 June there began a wave of searches of BVP members' homes, the party's offices, and the BVP's rooms in the Landtag. This action, based upon the trumped-up charges that the BVP was acting in collusion with the Austrian Christian-Social Party against the Reich, presaged the beginning four days later - of mass arrests of BVP Landtag and Reichstag delegates.

CRYSTALLIZATION - PERSONALITIES AND POLICIES Faced with the realization of their country's fate, the democratic forces within the Western occupation zones of Great Britain, the United States, and France had before them the task of cooperating with erstwhile enemies in the re-establishment of a free political system, the remnants of which had been destroyed in 1933. 4 Indeed, it seems rather remarkable that political activity in general, and the formation of new parties in particular, made such rapid progress in the summer and autumn of 1945.

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