Democratic Farmers' Party of Germany

The Democratic Farmers' Party of Germany (German: Demokratische Bauernpartei Deutschlands, DBD) was an East German political party. The DBD was founded in 1948. It had 52 representatives in the Volkskammer, as part of the National Front. The DBD participated in all GDR cabinets (with the exception of the last GDR cabinet). The founding of the DBD was an attempt by the SED to weaken the influence of CDU/LDPD in the rural community by establishing a party loyal to the SED. The leadership cadre came mainly from the ranks of the SED.[4] In the late 1980s, the party had 117,000 members.[5]

Democratic Farmers' Party of Germany
Demokratische Bauernpartei Deutschlands
ChairmanErnst Goldenbaum (1948–1982)
Ernst Mecklenburg (1982–1987)
Günther Maleuda (1987–1990)
Ulrich Junghanns (1990)
Founded29 April 1948
Dissolved15 September 1990
Merged intoCDU
HeadquartersEast Berlin, East Germany
NewspaperBauern Echo
Membership (1988)122,000 [1]
IdeologyAgrarianism
Agrarian socialism[2] (until 1989)[3]
National affiliationDemocratic Bloc (1948–1950)
National Front (1950–1990)
ColoursGreen
Party flag
Flagge Demokratische Bauernpartei Deutschlands2.svg

After the fall of Berlin Wall, the party initially tried to find itself a niche as ecological agrarian party, but the first free Volkskammer election (1990) netted it only nine seats. In 1990 the DBD merged with the Christian Democratic Union.

International contactsEdit

The DBD had friendly relations with peasants' parties in other Eastern Bloc countries. It had close contacts with the Polish United People's Party (Zjednoczone Stronnictwo Ludowe, ZSL) and the Bulgarian Agrarian National Union (Bǔlgarski Zemedelski Naroden Sǔyuz, BZNS).[6] Besides that, there were some contacts with farmers' associations in West Germany.[7] They had also some contacts with agrarian parties in Finland (Centre Party) and in Sweden (Centre Party).[citation needed]

Electoral historyEdit

Volkskammer electionsEdit

Election Votes % Seats +/–
1949 as part of Democratic Bloc
15 / 330
[a]
1950 as part of National Front
30 / 400
  15
1954
45 / 400
  15
1958
45 / 400
 
1963
45 / 434
 
1967
45 / 434
 
1971
45 / 434
 
1976
45 / 434
 
1981
52 / 500
  7
1986
52 / 500
 
1990 251,226 2.2%
9 / 400
  43
  1. ^ The 1,400 elected members of the Third German People's Congress selected the members of the second German People's Council.

Chairmen of the DBDEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ http://www.chronikderwende.de/lexikon/glossar/glossar_jsp/key=dbp.html DBD Deutsche Bauernpartei from chronik der wende
  2. ^ "Demokratische Bauernpartei Deutschlands (DBD)". jugendopposition.de.
  3. ^ Richter, Michael (2009). Die friedliche Revolution: Aufbruch zur Demokratie in Sachsen 1989/90. Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht. p. 1078. ISBN 978-3647369143.
  4. ^ DBD Deutsche Bauernpartei from chronik der wende
  5. ^ Dirk Jurich, Staatssozialismus und gesellschaftliche Differenzierung: eine empirische Studie, p.31. LIT Verlag Münster, 2006, ISBN 3825898938
  6. ^ Peter Joachim Lapp Die "befreundeten Parteien" der SED, 1988, p. 103
  7. ^ Peter Joachim Lapp Die "befreundeten Parteien" der SED, 1988, p. 108

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