Yugoslav Social-Democratic Party

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A Slovene translation of Marx's and Engels' Communist Manifesto published in the Carniolan mining town of Idrija in 1908.

Yugoslav Social-Democratic Party (Slovene: Jugoslovanska socialdemokratska stranka, Croatian: Jugoslavenska socijaldemokratska stranka) or JSDS was a political party in Slovenia and Istria during the Austro-Hungarian Empire and the Kingdom of Yugoslavia. It was founded in 1898 in Trieste.[1]

In 1909 the party issued its 'Tivoli resolution', calling for the cultural and political unification of all Southern Slavs.[2] However, the party also worked for limited Slovenian autonomy at the times of the Constituent Assembly.[3]


On March 18, 1898, the party organ Rdeči prapor ('Red flag') began publishing in Trieste. Josip Zavertanik and Josip Kopač were its main editors. On October 20, 1905, the editorial office shifted to Ljubljana. Zarja ('Dawn') was founded in Ljubljana in 1911 as a party organ. In 1914 the newspaper shifted to Trieste, and ceased to be an official party organ.[4]


Between 1990 and 2002, the Social Democratic Party of Slovenia regarded itself as the moral and spiritual heir of the Yugoslav Social Democratic Party.

Prominent members[edit]


  1. ^ Angelo Ara and Claudio Magris: Trieste. Un'identità di frontiera, Torino: Enaudi 2007, 3rd edition, p. 71
  2. ^ The Slovenes - history of the nation Archived July 24, 2008, at the Wayback Machine.
  3. ^ Banac, Ino. The National Question in Yugoslavia: Origins, History, Politics. Cornell University Press, 1984. p. 198
  4. ^ History Archived June 26, 2008, at the Wayback Machine.