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Erzberger, Matthias
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Erzberger, Matthias

(September 20, 1875, Buttenhausen [now part of Münsingen] – August 26, 1921 [assassinated], near Bad Griesbach [now Bad Peterstal-Griesbach]), German politician. Erzberger was a Center Party member of the Reichstag from 1903. Influenced by South German Catholicism, before the First World War he favored fundamental reform of the state; he decidedly rejected cooperation with the Social Democrats. After the outbreak of war, Erzberger used his connections (to include the Roman Curia) to organize German Catholic propaganda abroad on behalf of Reich …

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Haidl, Roland, “Erzberger, Matthias”, in: Brill’s Digital Library of World War I. Consulted online on 14 December 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-3786_dlws1_beww1_en_0185>
First published online: 2015



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