German Social Democracy, 1905-1917: The Development of the Great Schism
No political parties of present-day Germany are separated by a wider gulf than the two parties of labor, one democratic and reformist, the other totalitarian and socialist-revolutionary. Social Democrats and Communists today face each other as bitter political enemies across the front lines of the cold war; yet they share a common origin in the Social Democratic Party of I...more
Paperback, 374 pages
Published January 1st 1955 by Harvard University Press
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I found the interplay of forces within the German Social Democratic movement to be quite fascinating. Internal battles amongst reformists, centrists, radicals, unions, and genders weakened and divided a party externally facing well-organized employers and an imperial state, ultimately leading to schism and to Social Democratic ministers sending the army and police against their former fellow party members. A major contribution to the split was the inability of the party and broader movement to a...more
Carl Emil Schorske is an American cultural historian and Professor Emeritus at Princeton University. In 1981 he won the Pulitzer Prize for General Non-Fiction for his book Fin-de-Siècle Vienna: Politics and Culture (1980), which remains highly significant to modern European intellectual history. He was a recipient of the first year of MacArthur Fellows Program awards in 1981 and made an honorary c...moreMore about Carl E. Schorske...