The German Social Democratic Party, 1875-1933: From Ghetto to Government, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

The German Social Democratic Party, 1875-1933

From Ghetto to Government, 1st Edition

By W. L. Guttsman


370 pages

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Hardback: 9780367243517
pub: 2019-07-16
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Originally published in 1981, this book covers the development of the Social Democratic Party (SPD) from its inception to the end of the Weimar republic. Within a historical framework it analyses the role and operation of the SPD in the changing social and political climate of Germany and describes the party’s internal struggles throughout the period. The party continually debated its aims and the means to achieve them. Conducted by people such as Kautsky, Bernsteina dn Rosa Luxemburg, with close links to Marx, Engels and other leaders of the international socialist movement, this debate within the party was one of the most fundamental socialist controversies, whose relevance remains today.

Table of Contents

1. Industrialisation and the Entry of the German Working Class into Politics 2. The Role of the Working-Class Party in the Pseudo-democratic State 3. The Political Mobilisation of the German Working Class SPD 4. Social Milieu, Political Control and the Grass Roots of Social Democracy 5. The Elective Fatherland: Socialist Subculture from Ghetto to Republic 6. The Structure of a Democratic Party in Action: Mass Membership, Leadership and Bureaucracy 7. A Revolutionary But Not a Revolution-Making Party? Theory and Tactics from Erfurt to Weimar 8. Conclusions

About the Series

Routledge Library Editions: German History

Originally published between 1929 and 1991 the volumes in this set:

  • Offer a comprehensive and challenging interpretation of the German past
  • Assess Bismarck’s contribution to the German Empire and his legacy for modern Germany
  • Examine the psyche of the Germans and discuss the psychological impact of the Second World War on the Germans
  • Review critically not only the rise and rule of National Socialism, but also the strength of authoritarianism and militarism and the weakness of democracy in 19th Century Germany
  • Examine the inter-relationships between social and economic change on the one hand, and political developments on the other.
  • Analyse the significance of the Zollverein on economic growth
  • Discuss authority and the law in the German Empire and the Weimar Republic.
  • Analyse the contribution of German historians to 20th Century historiography
  • Chart key events in British – German trade rivalry
  • Include archival material from both the former East and West Germany.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / General
HISTORY / Europe / Germany