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A reevaluation of Bismarck's reasons and strategies, targeting the chancellor's upward thrust to strength within the 1860's and his removing from workplace in 1890.

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Sneevliet and other members of the ISDV also belonged to the ‘Insulinde’ movement.

108) The SDP’s activity was not limited to criticising the SDAP. It was essentially grounded in the class struggle, in economic struggles and in action against war. The international resurgence of class struggles after 1910 encouraged the party’s activity, giving it enthusiasm and confidence. Its militants took part, with those of the NAS in the 1909 and 1910 struggles of the Amsterdam masons who distrusted the SDAP as a ‘state party’. In 1911, the party formed with the NAS an ‘Agitation Committee against High Living Costs’.

The split at the Extraordinary Congress of Deventer (13th–14th February 1909) In order to eliminate the Tribunists and their review, the revisionist leaders proposed a referendum to examine the question of suppressing De Tribune at an extraordinary congress. The party committee was hesitant about and even opposed to such an extraordinary measures. Troelstra went over the committee’s head and through a referendum obtained the two-thirds vote needed to convoke a congress. It thus became apparent that the great majority of the SDAP was gangrened with revisionism; the rank-and-file was even more revisionist than the leadership.

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