Urban Liberalism in Imperial Germany: Frankfurt Am Main, 1866-1914

Hardcover | March 15, 1999

byJan Palmowski

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Debates about Liberalism in imperial Germany have focused almost exclusively on the national level. This book investigates liberal politics in local government; the only sphere in which liberals had direct access to power throughout Germany. Through the study of one of Germany's mostprogressive cities, Frankfurt am Main, Jan Palmowski examines more generally the processes of politicization and policy formulation at the local level. He argues that in Frankfurt as elsewhere, local affairs had become politicized not around 1900, as is generally assumed, but by the 1870s. Once inpower, the liberals' concern for religion, social policy, and education, as well as their skilful use of fiscal policy shows that liberals in Germany were as sophisticated as liberals in Britain or France. Even in the face of an authoritarian state structure, German liberals received and made use offreedom for renewal and reform. German liberalism was not inherently weak. Instead, the crucial problem lay in the country's complicated federal structure, which made it impossible to transfer innovations from the local level to the state and national levels.

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Debates about Liberalism in imperial Germany have focused almost exclusively on the national level. This book investigates liberal politics in local government; the only sphere in which liberals had direct access to power throughout Germany. Through the study of one of Germany's mostprogressive cities, Frankfurt am Main, Jan Palmowski ...

Jan Palmowski is a Junior Research Fellow at Christ Church, Oxford.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:406 pages, 8.43 × 5.35 × 1.06 inPublished:March 15, 1999Publisher:Oxford University Press

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction2. The Advent of Politics3. The Diversification of Local Politics4. Liberals and Education5. Liberal Social Policies6. Liberalism and Municipal Finance7. Conclusion

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`A case study of the development of urban liberalism in the commercial city of Frankfurt am Main, the eigth largest city in Germany in 1910, this book has implications that reach well beyond its local focus ... thought-provoking book.'M Shevin-Coetzee, CHOICE, February 2000