Constitutional Crisis

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Reform of the Army 1860

  • strengthening of the army was one of William's main concerns
  • Believed it was the key to the future greatness of Prussia
  • New Minister of war: General Roon
  • Introduced a bill that aimed to:
  • double the regular army's size
  • increase the period of military service from 2 to 3 years
  • Reduce the role played by the inefficient Landwehr
  • re-equip the troops
  • Liberals feared that the government might use the expanded army, not for the defence of Prussia from foreign attack, but against its own people as had ahppened in 1848-9.
  • William was determined that army matters should be kept above parliamentary approval
  • Liberals believed that Parliament should have financial control over army expenditure. Without…


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