Der Evangelische Bund
This “evangelical league” was an alliance of German Protestants founded in 1886-87 by* and others. Its purpose was to defend Protestant interests against the growing power of . It issued its own literature and furthered its purpose by other methods such as making good use of contacts with the secular press. In the years preceding World War I the movement took on a strongly nationalistic emphasis. By 1914 it had gained 540,000 members. Since that time, however, its influence has declined considerably.