German Empire - 1871

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GERMAN CONSTITUTION:

  • the new German Empire was proclaimed on 18th January 1871
  • at the Palace of Versailles
  • the new constitution was based upon the North German Confederation one;
    - Germany itself would become a federal state
    - powers would to be split between central government and 25 state government
    - each state still had their own rulers, parliaments and admin
  • some historians classified the new German Empire as an autocracy;
    - Prussia have 60% of Germany's population
    - 2/3 of its territory
    - 235 deputies out of 397 in the Reichstag
    - Prussia had a parliament which was mainly elected by the rich aristocrats which hindered democracy

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