Left Liberals, the State, and Popular Politics in Wilhelmine Germany

Hardcover | November 15, 2000

byAlastair Thompson

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Although often viewed as ineffectual intellectuals, or a spent political force, Left Liberals had become the third largest party in German politics by 1914 and in the German Revolution of 1918/19 it was Left Liberals who effectively wrote the new Weimar constitution. This study, based onextensive original research, investigates Left Liberals in the locality, as well as at the national level, with case studies ranging from Kiel to Kattowitz. Overturning old notions of German liberalism as the helpless victim of mass mobilization and political polarization, it is central tounderstanding both increasing left liberal influence and support on the eve of the First World War, and why liberal values could not be consolidated after 1918. This study has powerful general implications for the history of imperial Germany, reassessing the role of political parties, public perceptions of politics, and the impact and character of the state.

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Although often viewed as ineffectual intellectuals, or a spent political force, Left Liberals had become the third largest party in German politics by 1914 and in the German Revolution of 1918/19 it was Left Liberals who effectively wrote the new Weimar constitution. This study, based onextensive original research, investigates Left L...

Alastair Thompson is a Lecturer in Modern European History at University of Durham.

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Format:HardcoverPublished:November 15, 2000Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198205430

ISBN - 13:9780198205432

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IntroductionMen, Machinery, and Mission1. Locating the Left Liberals2. Hard-Working Honoratioren: The Mechanics of Left Liberal Politics3. Liberal Policy: Faded Remnants or New DawnExecutive, Parties, and Public Opinion. The Left Liberals in National Politics, 1907-19144. Left Liberal Parliamentarians5. The Left Liberals in National Politics, 1907-19126. Defending the Reich: Left Liberals and Domestic Politics from January 1912 to the July Crisis 1914Left Liberals in Local Society7. Mass Politics and Party Pacts: Left Liberals in Baden, 1905-19148. Persuading the Protestant Mittelstand: Left Liberals in Schleswig-Holstein9. Continuity and Change: Left Liberals in Silesian Politics and SocietyConclusion - Victory in Defeat and Defeat in Victory: Left Liberal Politics and the First World WarBibliography