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1. The struggle (1871-1883) between the Roman Catholic Church and the German government under Bismarck for control over school and ecclesiastical appointments and civil marriage.
2. A conflict between secular and religious authorities: "The 1920s proved to be the focal decade in the Kulturkampf of American Protestantism" (Richard Hofstadter).

[German : Kultur, Kultur; see Kultur + Kampf, struggle (from Middle High German, from Old High German kamph, from Germanic *kampaz, field of battle, from Latin campus, field; see campus).]
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(kʊlˈtʊəˌkæmpf; ˈkʊltə-)
(Historical Terms) the struggle of the Prussian state against the Roman Catholic Church (1872–87), which took the form of laws designed to bring education, marriage, etc, under the control of the state
[German: culture struggle]
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(Ger. kʊlˈturˌkɑmpf)

the conflict between the German imperial government and the Roman Catholic Church from 1872 or 1873 until 1886, chiefly over the control of education and ecclesiastical appointments.
[< German]
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(156) Insofar as marriage is about culture and tradition, the Kulturkampf over marriage is often viewed as being about irreconcilable traditions or interpretations.
With the Germanic concept of Kulturkampf in mind the author's concern is not to write a history of German atrocities but to take a farranging view across the period 1914-1945.
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Indeed, in a very interesting discussion of David Strauss's late work Der alte und der neue Glaube, Williamson situates Nietzsche's works from the early 1870s in the Kulturkampf emanating from Bismarck's struggle against the Catholic Church.
Bismark's Kulturkampf and, to a lesser degree, the Italian Risorgimento went beyond attacking the temporal powers of the Church.
The main topic is the evolution and character of liberalism in Germany from 1848 to the passage of Kulturkampf legislation in 1873.
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For better or worse, it seems that in the new Kulturkampf, contemporary art will remain at the rear of the campaign.
His preferred approach is the American Kulturkampf of the people clashing with a treacherous elite.
Evans, the 1996 decision striking down a Colorado law preventing the enactment of any and all bans on discrimination based on sexual orientation, Scalia famously accused the majority of mistaking a "kulturkampf for a fit of spite." (Kulturkampf is German for "culture war.") And in the 1984 case Dronenburg v.