The German Social Democratic Party, 1914-1921

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The German Social Democratic Party, 1914-1921

By A. Joseph Berlau
Columbia University Press, 1949
374 pp. $4.75
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Although his conclusions are not novel, Dr. Berlau writes an able and well-documented account of the transformation of the German Social Democratic Party--largely away from professions of radical Socialism and toward increased support of the German state--under pressure of war and political responsibility. The failure of the SPD to "provide a third way out of the unhappy alternative between the old Powers and the extreme left" is regarded as an important element in weakening the new German Republic.