Political situation in Germany, post 1871

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  • Created on: 27-01-14 11:32

Liberal Era:

  • Bismarck needed a parliamentary majority
  • he had no choice but to work with the National Liberals
  • the Liberals at the time were the strongest party in the Reichstag
  • some legislation was passed in the early 1870s:
    - a national currency was introduced
    - the Reichsbank was created (similar to the Bank of England)
    - internal tariff were abolished (tax on German goods)
  • National Liberals and Bismarck also united against the Catholic Church
  • but things between Bismarck and the Liberals were uneasy and always were, they didn't agree on a lot
  • he became annoyed that the Liberals rejected many of his proposals
  • the fixed budget for the army's spending was again in question
  • in 1874, Bismarck suggested a law that meant the 400,000 men would be automatically financed
  • since 80% of parliaments spendadture was on the army it weakened the Reichstag's power so the Liberals opposed it
  • Bismarck threatened to call new elections in parliament because he thought the Liberals were trying to undermine the military
  • a compromise was eventually settled that the military budget would be fixed for 7 years at a time instead of it being redone annually or set permanently


  • most of the 1870s consisted of…


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