Von Bulow's Reforms

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    • Bulow's strengths and interests were in FOREIGN POLICY.
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        • He had an able and energetic INTERIOR MINISTER --> Count Arthur von Posadowsky.
    • A series of reforms was introduced to placate both LIBERALS and SOCIALISTS.
    • 1- THE OLD AGE AND INVALIDITY LAW AMENDED JUNE 1899!
      • It now increased old age pensions and extended compulsory insurance to various new groups.
        • 1900 accident insurance was extended to new occupations.
    • 2- TARIFF LAW INTRODUCED DECEMBER 1902.
      • It restored a higher duty on imported agricultural products resulting in higher food prices.
      • The General Election of 1903 saw a shift towards the Social Democrats who strongly OPPOSED the new tariffs and gave the balance of power to the Centre Party.
    • THE SICKNESS INSURANCE LAW AMENDED APRIL 1903.
      • Now gave longer and more generous help to workers in ill-health (26 weeks replaced 13).
    • LATE 1908.
      • Restricted the number of hours of factory work carried out by young people and children.
        • No children under 13 to be employed.
        • 6 hour day for children 13 to 14.
        • 10 hour day for children 14 to 16.

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