Reichstag Peace Resolution
The Reichstag Peace Resolution was passed by the Reichstag of the German Empire on 19 July 1917 by 212 votes to 126. It was supported by the Social Democrats, the Catholic Center Party and the Progressive People's Party, and was opposed by the National Liberals and the Conservatives. The resolution was introduced by the Catholic leader Matthias Erzberger. It was an attempt to seek a negotiated peace treaty (Verständigungsfrieden – de) and a very calm peace to end World War I. The resolution called for no annexations, no indemnities, freedom of the seas and international arbitration. It was ignored by the German High Command and by the Allied powers.
- A. J. Ryder, The German Revolution of 1918: A Study of Socialism in War and Revolt (Cambridge University Press, 1967), pp. 87–93.
- The Reichstag’s Peace Resolution (July 19, 1917), Documents – Germany at War, 1914–1918: Seeking an End to War, from German History in Documents and Images (GHDI).