Liberalism in Germany

Liberalism in Germany

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ISBN-13: 9780691010328
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication date: 11/21/1999
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 384
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x (d)

About the Author

Dieter Langewiesche is Professor of Modern History at the University of Tübingen, and Vice-Rector and Dean of the Faculty of Philosophy at the University of Erfurt. John Breuilly is Professor in the Department of Modern History at the University of Birmingham.

Table of Contents


List of Tables vii

Foreword by John Breuilly ix

Preface xiii

Preface to the English Edition xviii

Acknowledgements xxi

List of Abbreviations xxii

1 Early Liberalism and 'Middle-Class Society' 1

Early Liberalism as a Political Constitutional Movement 1

Bureaucratic Liberalism 4

Political and Social Models of the Liberal Movement 9

The Organization and Social Profile of Early Liberalism 23

2 Liberal Politics in the Revolution of 1848-9 28

Images of the Revolution: Limiting the Revolution 28

Liberal Parliamentary Politics 38

Liberals in the Extra- Parliamentary Revolutionary Movement 47

Basic Liberal Positions in the Imperial Constitution 51

3 Liberalism between the Revolution and the Reichsgrundung 56

1849-58: The Decade of Reaction 56

'Unity' and 'Freedom'? Liberalism and the Reichsgrundung 76

4 The Nation-State, Industrial Society and Weltpolitik: Liberals in the German Kaiserreich 121

Social and Political Changes 121

Parties, Voters, Members, Pressure Groups: the'Liberal Milieu', 1871-1918 128

The'Liberal Era' and the Shock of the 'Second Reichsgrundung' 183

The State, the Church and the Kulturkampf 199

Anti-Socialism, Social Policies and Liberal Social Models 206

Liberalism and Municipal Politics 218

'WeItPolitik' and Internal Reform: The Wilhelmine Era 228

War Aims and Aims for Reform: Liberals during the First World War 245

5 The Deliberalization. of the 'Middle-Class Centre': The Decline of Political Liberalism in the Weimar Republic 250

The Overburdened Republic 250

Party Organization, Voters and Pressure Groups: The Dissolution of the 'Liberal Milieu' 257

Liberal Programmes and Political Practice 271

Liberals Before and After 1933: Taking Stock and the Outlook for the Future 300

6 The Rebirth of Liberalism? A Brief Summary of Liberalism and Politics in West Germany after 1945 306

Notes 321

Select Bibliography 368

Index 375

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John Breuilly

Dieter Langewiesche's study of liberalism in Germany has established itself as a concise and authoritative treatment of the subject...especially on the role of individual German states, the local roots of liberalism, the links between liberalism and its social bases of support, especially from bourgeois groups, and the forms of political organization adopted by liberals.

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