International Socialist Workers and Trade Union Congress, London 1896

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The International Socialist Workers and Trade Union Congress held in London from July 26 - August 1, 1896 was the fourth congress of the Second International. The congress has been described as "the most agitated, the most tumultuous, and the most chaotic of all the congresses of the Second International"[1] because of the many factional disputes between and within the national delegations.

The congress was the only one of the Second International to have its proceedings published in English. The chairman was Henry Hyndman.[2]

Country # of delegats Notes
Germany 48 Representing the Social Democratic Party
Great Britain 475 Representing the Social Democratic Federation, Fabian Society, Miners Federation
Austria 6
Australia 1 The Australians had deputized a London doctor to represent them[3]
Bohemia 1
Bulgaria 4
Belgium 19
Denmark 7
Spain 6
United States 7
France 129
Netherlands 13
Hungary 3
Italy 13
Poland 13
Portugal 1
Romania 1
Russia 7
Sweden 2
Switzerland 12
Sweden 2
Switzerland 12

Resolutions[edit]

The Congress passed resolutions on the Agrarian question, political action, education, the position of the working class regarding militarism, the industrial question and the further organization of social democracy. It also passed motions regarding the independence of Cuba, Macedonia and Armenia, tsarism, monarchism, and adopted a special address from the Bulgarian Social Democrats.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Haupt, Georges La Deuxième Internationale, 1889-1914: étude critique des sources, essai bibliographique p. 153
  2. ^ Wikisource-logo.svg "Hyndman, Henry Mayers". New International Encyclopedia. 1905. 
  3. ^ The Economic Journal, Vol. 6, No. 23 (September , 1896), pp. 460-465
  4. ^ Haupt, Georges La Deuxième Internationale, 1889-1914: étude critique des sources, essai bibliographique p. 154

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