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Social Security
(700 words)

[German Version]

Social security has a long history in Germany. The golden age of social legislation was the end of the Bismarck era. The year 1883 saw the introduction of statutory health insurance, followed by accident insurance in 1884 and disability and old age insurance in 1889 (Security, Social). Social changes associated with the breakdown of the traditional security community of peasants and artisans led to the emergence of a workforce dependent on wages (Pay and reward: II), which ceased …

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Cansier, Dieter, “Social Security”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 18 May 2021 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_SIM_025517b>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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