Social Democracy and Society

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November 2003



Social Democracy and Society examines the origins of working-class radicalism in Imperial Germany. The Dusseldorf Social Democratic Party was associated with the left wing of the SPD. It defended theoretical orthodoxy against the onslaughts of revisionism, rejected all cooperation with bourgeois groups, and advocated militant tactics. Professor Nolan argues that the roots of this radicalism extended deep into the Imperial period and sprang from a confrontation between Dusseldorf's working class, which was variously young, highly skilled, migrant, and new to industry, and a political and cultural environment that offered no reformist options. She examines the distinct roles played by peasant workers new to industry, skilled migrant workers, and the indigenous population of Catholic workers. This is the first study to investigate in detail the history of the socialist labor movement in an urban area that was heavily Catholic and to analyze the significance of Catholicism for the political culture of the working class.


Preface; Introduction; Part I. The Era of Frustration: 1890-1903: 1. The hostile environment: Dusseldorf in the 1890s; 2. Social democracy and political Catholicism; 3. A false start; 4. Ideological unity and organizational disarray; Part II. Ambiguous Success and Radicalization: 1903-1912: 5. Skilled migrants, peasant workers, and native Catholics; 6. Party building and popular culture; 7. Expansion and optimism; 8. Move to the left; 9. The limits of reformism; Part III. Radicals Become Revolutionaries: 1912-1920: 10. Things fall apart; 11. War; 12. Revolution; Conclusion; Appendix; Notes; Bibliography; Index.
EAN: 9780521524681
ISBN: 0521524687
Untertitel: Working Class Radicalism in Dusseldorf, 1890-1920. black & white illustrations. Sprache: Englisch.
Verlag: Cambridge University Press
Erscheinungsdatum: November 2003
Seitenanzahl: 392 Seiten
Format: kartoniert
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