01 Introduction to the Special Issue:
Cultures of US-American Conservatism
With the following essays, our goal is to bring together scholars from different fields in order to trace the history, politics, beliefs, attitudes, and values of conservative cultures and to explore an obscure, but perhaps still viable common ground of liberalism and conservatism in the United States. The articles also demonstrate the heterogeneity of conservatism. As a loose coalition of anti-communists, libertarians, and traditionalists in the fifties, the movement has incorporated Christian conservatives, nationalists, and foreign policy hawks throughout the second half of the twentieth century. These groups often pursue different political and social agendas that, more often than not, cause inner tension within the movement.