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Political Thought in the Age of Monarchy

Peter M. R. Stirk

in Twentieth-Century German Political Thought

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print March 2006 | ISBN: 9780748622900
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748652730 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748622900.003.0002
Political Thought in the Age of Monarchy

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At the beginning of the twentieth century, the German-speaking lands were dominated by two states both of which presented considerable difficulties for those attempting to understand them. In the north, the German Reich had been formed in 1871 in the wake of a successful war against France. Its formation was also the final stage in a prolonged struggle for power between the dynastic house of Prussia and the Habsburgs. For German political theorists, the period before the First World War was one of rapid change, politically, economically and socially. It was a period in which the gap between constitutional and legal doctrine and the reality of state and social power expanded in some areas and contracted in others. It was, however, also a period which left many of them ill-prepared for the reality and increasingly ideological character of the First World War.

Keywords: Prussia; Habsburgs; France; Germany; First World War; German Reich

Chapter.  15376 words. 

Subjects: International Relations

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