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Left Liberals, the State, and Popular Politics in Wilhelmine Germany$
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Alastair Thompson

Print publication date: 2000

Print ISBN-13: 9780198205432

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198205432.001.0001

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Left Liberal Parliamentarians

Left Liberal Parliamentarians

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(p.136) (p.137) 4 Left Liberal Parliamentarians
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Left Liberals, the State, and Popular Politics in Wilhelmine Germany
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Alastair P. Thompson

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198205432.003.0005

This chapter explores how left liberal deputies (and party politicians in general) actually functioned in Berlin. Attention has been brought by John Röhl, Isabel Hull, and others to court politics and the influence of the Emperor's entourage. The diaries and correspondence of court diplomats have been exhumed from the archives and made available in multi-volumed form. But the workings of the Reichstag, and the way ministers and deputies conducted politics behind the scenes, remain under-researched. Accounts of the Reichstag's changing political position have sometimes focused on a relatively unimportant question — the social composition of elected deputies — rather than the more significant issue of how the Reich executive's need to secure money and legislation allowed political parties to have influence on policy and administration. The disparate social contacts of left liberals outside the confines of the Reichstag were significant.

Keywords:   Berlin, deputies, court diplomats, Reichstag, politics, political parties, left liberals, court politics, ministers

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