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Defending the Reich: Left Liberals and German Politics from January 1912 to the July Crisis 1914

Alastair P. Thompson

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

Published in print November 2000 | ISBN: 9780198205432
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191676635 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198205432.003.0007
Defending the Reich: Left Liberals and German Politics from January 1912 to the July Crisis 1914

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The aftermath of the 1912 Reichstag elections offered a strange mixture of change, continuity, and confusion. There had been a striking clear-out of sitting deputies: only 187 of the 397 deputies elected in 1907 were also returned in 1912. Amidst such electoral carnage, however, party leaders remained largely unscathed. Those who paid the electoral price in 1912 were mainly the more junior and less influential parliamentarians. Continuity amongst party leaders was more than matched by ministers and senior officials on the other side of the political dialogue: 1912 lacked even the couple of sacrifices which had accompanied the Bülow Bloc. The period 1912–1914 saw a continuation of the pattern of left liberal-National Liberal relations established by the fall of the Bülow Bloc. Despite the efforts of the right, the National Liberals continued mainly to seek agreement with left liberals rather than Conservatives.

Keywords: Reichstag; elections; left liberals; deputies; Bülow Bloc; National Liberals; left; right; Conservatives

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Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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