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Left Liberals, the State, and Popular Politics in Wilhelmine Germany
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Left Liberals, the State, and Popular Politics in Wilhelmine Germany

Alastair Thompson

Abstract

Although often viewed as ineffectual intellectuals, or a spent political force, Left Liberals had become the third largest party in German politics by 1914, and in the German Revolution of 1918–1919 it was Left Liberals who effectively wrote the new Weimar constitution. This book investigates Left Liberals in the locality, as well as at the national level, with case studies ranging from Kiel to Kattowitz. Overturning old notions of German liberalism as the helpless victim of mass mobilization and political polarization, it is central to understanding both increasing left liberal influence and ... More

Keywords: Left Liberals, German politics, Weimar constitution, imperial Germany, German liberalism, First World War, German Revolution, Kiel, Kattowitz

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2000 Print ISBN-13: 9780198205432
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198205432.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Alastair Thompson, author
University of Durham