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The British Labour Party and the German Social Democrats, 1900–1931$
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Stefan Berger

Print publication date: 1994

Print ISBN-13: 9780198205005

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198205005.001.0001

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The Working-Class Parties and Ideology

The Working-Class Parties and Ideology

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(p.173) 5 The Working-Class Parties and Ideology
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The British Labour Party and the German Social Democrats, 1900–1931
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Stefan Berger

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198205005.003.0005

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

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