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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 thought as espoused by way of the Bavarian People's occasion and the Christian Social Union. Dorondo, evaluating the federalist case placed by means of either events, indicates that whereas major transformations exist, own and ideological hyperlinks among the 2 events might be noticeable to span the void created by way of dictatorship and battle.

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This fundamental East - West problem was compounded by differences among the Western allies as well. They could not agree on an acceptable degree of decentralisation. 6 In the case of Bavaria - and elsewhere in the US zone - this process involved the by-now famous 'lists' which the American authorities brought with them. The 'black list' contained the names of those Germans who, because of their Nazi past, would be unacceptable to the new system. The 'grey list' contained the names of those individuals whose past made their participation doubtful.

13 It seems reasonable to assume that the US authorities intended to use the term Staat in the American sense, thus conferring no independence in terms Rise of the Christian Social Union 31 of international law. The choice of words, however, was not to be got rid of, particularly, as will be seen, since it fitted into the political theory of several influential Bavarian politicians. The one significant territorial exception in the newly re-established Bavaria was the loss of the Rhenish Palatinate which had belonged to Bavaria in one fashion or another since 1214.

The second section concerns those demands which the BVP felt would have to be granted immediately: once again, Land administration of post, rail, and tax systems through local offices staffed by Land natives; the delegation to the Lander of all powers not specifically granted to the Reich', and the discretionary use of the armed forces by the Lander to maintain order. The evolutionary development of the BVP's federalist demands in these early days also reflects a change on the Bavarian political scene.

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