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The Working-Class Parties and Ideology

Stefan Berger

in The British Labour Party and the German Social Democrats, 1900–1931

Published in print December 1994 | ISBN: 9780198205005
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191676451 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198205005.003.0005

Series: Oxford Historical Monographs

The Working-Class Parties and Ideology

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This chapter examines the differences between the official ideology and ideology from below of the British Labour Party and the German Social Democratic Party (SPD). It re-evaluates arguments about the basic difference between the official ideology of labourism and Marxism, and the ideology of the rank and file members of both parties. It also analyses the symbolism of the parties' festival culture from accounts of oral history and from popular novels and party literature.

Keywords: party ideology; Labour Party; Great Britain; SPD; Germany; labourism; Marxism; festival culture

Chapter.  15119 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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