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Workers’ Movement, Protestant
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[German Version]

The original purpose of the Protestant workers’ movement was to provide an alternative to the socialist and Catholic workers’ movements. The initial constitution of the Protestant Workers’ Association (1882) documents its intellectual and political goals: cultivation of a Protestant consciousness, moral and general education, loyalty to the emperor and the Empire, peaceful relations between employers and employees, and support of members in sickness and death. A Gesamtverband Evangelischer Arbeitervereine Deutschlands was established in 1890. Its …

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Brakelmann, Günter, “Workers’ Movement, Protestant”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 22 January 2020 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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