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Socialist International - A Bibliography
Overview on the organizational development

International Labour and Socialist Conference

Shortly after the failure of the Stockholm Conference a new attempt was made to organise a universal Socialist Conference. The initiative came from the Inter-Allied Socialist Parties Conference (London, February 1918). After the armistice, this led to the organization of the Labour and Socialist Conference in Bern (February 1919). It was the most representative Socialist Conference since Basel (1912) with 102 representatives from 26 countries. But it was considered a "rump" conference in the absence of some important parties, from the right as well as from the left (such as the Russian Bolcheviks, the Social-Revolutionary Party and the Belgian Workers' Party).
The documents of the conference are published by Gerhard A. Ritter (ed.): Die Zweite Internationale 1918/19. Protokolle, Memoranden, Berichte und Korrespondenzen. J.H.W. Dietz Nachf., Bonn 1980.
Archival material in AAN, IISG, LHASC.

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