Theodor Barth

Theodor Barth (16 July 1849, Duderstadt 3 June 1909, Baden-Baden) was a German liberal politician and publicist.[1] He was a member of the Reichstag between 1881 and 1884, between 1885 and 1898, and between 1901 and 1903.[2]

Theodor Barth
In office
Personal details
Born(1849-07-16)16 July 1849
Died3 June 1909(1909-06-03) (aged 59)
Political partyNational Liberal Party
Liberal Union
German Free-minded Party
Free-minded Union
Democratic Union
Spouse(s)Henriette Dreyer (⚭ 1880)
Children2 sons, 3 daughters
OccupationPolitician, Publicist


Barth started his political career with the National Liberal Party. He soon rejected the Manchesterism of the old liberals, though, and claimed that liberalism needed a social programme. To that end, he sought the cooperation of the Social Democrats,[2] and at multiple times voted against his own party. In the German Freeminded Party (Freisinnige Partei), founded in 1884, Barth would soon find himself opposed to the leadership of Eugen Richter. When the Freeminded Party split in 1893, Barth became a member of the Freeminded Union (Freisinnigen Vereinigung), instead of the Freeminded People's Party of Richter. In 1903, Friedrich Naumann would join the Freeminded Union as well. Barth however would found the Democratic Union[2] (Demokratische Vereinigung) in 1908, together with Rudolf Breitscheid and Hellmut von Gerlach, after the Freeminded Union's participation in the Bülow-Block coalition in the 1907 elections.

Barth founded the liberal weekly Die Nation (The Nation) in 1883[2] and remained as editor until his death in 1909.[3]

See also


  1. "Dr. Barth Wants "International …"". The New York Times. 3 January 1909. Retrieved 12 March 2010.
  2. "A Friend of England, Dr. Barth". Evening Post. 24 July 1909. Retrieved 12 March 2010.
  3. "New York Times obituary" (PDF). The New York Times. 4 June 1909. Retrieved 12 March 2010.
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