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Social Democracy, German
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[German Version]

I. History and Present Situation

The Social Democratic Party of Germany (SPD) was an outgrowth of the General German Workers’ Association, founded by F. Lassalle in 1863, and the Social Democratic Workers’ Party of Germany, founded by A. Bebel in 1869; they merged in 1875 to form the Social Democratic Workers’ Party. The name was changed to the Social Democratic Party of Germany in 1890.

In the party’s Eisenach Program of 1869, Bebel said: “Today’s political and s…

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Däubler-Gmelin, Herta and Schmude, Jürgen, “Social Democracy, German”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 23 October 2019 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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