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This front matter section of the book The German Left and the Weimar Republic: A Selection of Documents contains the table of contents, preface, acknowledgements and abbreviations. The book discusses differences between the two parties which constituted the political Left for most of the Weimar period, the Social Democratic Party of Germany (SPD) and the Communist Party of Germany (KPD). The leaders of the SPD firmly believed that they should take no major reforming steps until a constituent assembly had been elected on a democratic vote; they considered themselves to be a caretaker government. In foreign policy, the SPD was always strongly in favour of international reconciliation and general disarmament, but it was unable to gain majority support within the country for these principles, and it therefore fell back in the mid-1920s on supporting the policies of Gustav Stresemann, which promised 'at least a partial achievement of socialist objectives'.

Keywords: Communist Party of Germany (KPD); Gustav Stresemann; Social Democratic Party of Germany (SPD)



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