Politics in Wilhelmine Germany

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  • Politics in Wilhelmine Germany
  • Chancellors
    • Caprivi (1890-4)
    • Holenhoe (1894-1900)
    • Bulow (1900-09)
    • Bethmann-Hollweg (1909-17)
  • Government/ Reichstag relationship
    • Bargains were used to gain Reichstag support
      • In the early 1900s the anti-Jesuit law was re-appealed in return for  support from the Centre Party
    • Sammslungspolitik- the politics of bringing together:
      • Unifying the middle class and elites with imperialism and anti-socialism
  • Controversies
    • Telegraph Affair
      • Kaiser made indiscreet comments on British foreign policy
        • Bulow, who had cleared the article ofr publication, tried to deflect the blame onto the Kaiser, losing his confidence
    • Zabern Incident
      • Lt. Von Forstner ordered recruits to respond violently to 'Wackes'
        • Given token reprimand
          • Public protest- all parties except the Conservatives voted to censure Hollweg
      • He assaulted a shoemaker
        • Acquitted in a Court-martiall
          • Public protest- all parties except the Conservatives voted to censure Hollweg
    • The Herero people of SW Africa were subjected to brutal treatment after their uprising
      • The SPD and Centre  party voted against a plan for a railway in the region and voted for compensation and an independent Colonial Office
        • The 'Bulow Bloc' was formed- a group of nationalists who gained a convincing majority in the 'Hottentot' election after the public was frightened into voting for them

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