The Second Reich

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The Second Reich 

The Consitution 

  • The architect of both German unification and the constitution of the Second Reich was Otto von Bismarck.
  • Of Prussian origin, Bismarck sought to protect the power of Prussia and the Prussian ruling elite in his cosntitution, while allowing an element of popular democracy.

The Kaiser

Strengths 

  • The Kaiser was always to be the Prussian king, this reinforced Prussia's dominant positition in the Second Reich.
  • He had full control over foreign and diplomatic

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