1.4: The Kaiser and his Chancellors

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When did Kaiser Wilhelm II ascend to the throne?
1888
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Who said the Kaiser had a system of autocratic personal rule?
Rohl
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Name (4) things that suggest the Kaiser had an autorcatic personal rule in the 1890s
Moving against Bismarck in 1890, Caprivi saying he was interfering, Hohenlohe being controlled, 1896-7 ministerial replacements
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Between which years was von Bulow Chancellor?
1900-1909
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Between which years was Bethmann Chancellor?
1909-1916
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What did the Kaiser hope to achieve by appointing von Bulow?
To gain support from the Reichstag for his military and imperial aims
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When did von Bulow go against the Kaiser? (2)
Tariff Law 1902, Daily Telegraph Affair
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When was there a second ministerial appointment?
1905-6
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What did von Bulow hope to achieve through Sammlungspolitik?
Bring together conservative and centrist political forces on foreign policy
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What was the Bulow Bloc?
A tactic to bring together all non-socialist parties against the SPD in the Reichstag
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Name (2) social reforms done to appease socialism
Sickness insurance 1903, Child labour 1908
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Name (2) events in which the Reichstag challenged von Bulow
Budgetary crisis of 1906, Hottentot election 1907
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Why did von Bulow resign?
Lost support of the Kaiser after the Daily Telegraph Affair of 1908
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What does Bethmann's Chancellorship illustrate?
The Reichstag's lack of power
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When was the vote of no confidence?
1913, after the Zabern Affair
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When was the Army Bill?
1913
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How did Bethmann win over the SPD to support the Army Bill?
Progressive taxation
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What is progressive taxation?
Taxation which distributes wealth from the rich to the poor
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