Wilhelminism and Its Legacies: German Modernities, Imperialism, and the Meanings of Reform, 1890-1930

Wilhelminism and Its Legacies: German Modernities, Imperialism, and the Meanings of Reform, 1890-1930


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What was distinctive—and distinctively "modern"—about German society and politics in the age of Kaiser Wilhelm II? In addressing this question, these essays assemble cutting-edge research by fourteen international scholars. Based on evidence of an explicit and self-confidently "bourgeois" formation in German public culture, the contributors suggest new ways of interpreting its reformist potential and advance alternative readings of German political history before 1914. While proposing a more measured understanding of Wilhelmine Germany's extraordinarily dynamic society, they also grapple with the ambivalent, cross-cutting nature of German "modernities" and reassess their impact on long-term developments running through the Wilhelmine age.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781571816870
Publisher: Berghahn Books, Incorporated
Publication date: 10/01/2004
Series: Austrian and Habsburg Studies
Pages: 280
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.59(d)

About the Author

Geoff Eley is the Sylvia L. Thrupp Collegiate Professor of Comparative History and has taught at the University of Michigan since 1979. His primary appointment is in History, with a cross appointment in German Studies and an additional affiliation with Film and Video Studies.

Table of Contents


Volker R. Berghahn



Geoff Eley and James Retallack

Chapter 1. Making a Place in the Nation: Meanings of "Citizenship" in Wilhelmine Germany

Geoff Eley

Chapter 2. Membership, Organization, and Wilhelmine Modernism: Constructing Economic Democracy through Cooperation

Brett Fairbairn

Chapter 3. "Few better farmers in Europe"? Productivity, Change, and Modernization in East-Elbian Agriculture, 1870-1913

Oliver Grant

Chapter 4. The Wilhelmine Regime and the Problem of Reform: German Debates about Modern Nation-States

Mark Hewitson

Chapter 5. Lebensreform: A Middle-Class Antidote to Wilhelminism

Matthew Jefferies

Chapter 6. Imperial Socialism of the Chair: Gustav Schmoller and German Weltpolitik, 1897-1905

Erik Grimmer-Solem

Chapter 7. "Our natural ally": German Social Democrats, Anglo-German Relations, and the Contradictory Agendas of Wilhelmine Socialism, 1897-1900

Paul Probert

Chapter 8. The "Malet Incident," October 1895: A Prelude to the Kaiser's "Krüger Telegram" in the Context of the Anglo-German Imperialist Rivalry

Willem-Alexander van't Padje

Chapter 9. Colonial Agitation and the Bismarckian State: The Case of Carl Peters

Arne Perras

Chapter 10. The Law and the Colonial State: Legal Codification versus Practice in a German Colony

Nils Ole Oermann

Chapter 11. Max Warburg and German Politics: The Limits of Financial Power in Wilhelmine Germany

Niall Ferguson

Chapter 12. Continuity and Change in Post-Wilhelmine Germany: From the 1918 Revolution to the Ruhr Crisis

Conan Fischer

Chapter 13. A Wilhelmine Legacy? Coudenhove-Kalergi's "Paneuropa" as an Alternative Path towards a European (Post-)Modernity, 1922-1932

Katiana Orluc

Chapter 14. Ideas into Politics: Meanings of "Stasis" in Wilhelmine Germany

James Retallack

Notes on Contributors

List of Publications by Hartmut Pogge von Strandmann

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