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National Identity and Political Thought in GermanyWilhelmine Depictions of the French Third Republic, 1890–1914$
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Mark Hewitson

Print publication date: 2000

Print ISBN-13: 9780198208587

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198208587.001.0001

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Conclusion Politics and the German Nation-State

Conclusion Politics and the German Nation-State

(p.213) 6 Conclusion Politics and the German Nation-State
National Identity and Political Thought in Germany

Mark Hewitson

Oxford University Press

This chapter concludes with an assessment of the Third Republic's position and role in common political typologies of the Wilhelmine period. The Third Republic provided new answers to such questions, but few were accepted unequivocally in Germany. As has been seen, the French state was described in different ways by Germans, yet it was widely agreed that its defining feature was the fusion of executive and legislative functions. It was this merger which had introduced political, social, and economic conflict into the state and which had, consequently, undermined neutral administration. In Britain, parliamentarism had emerged gradually and, as a result, had to contend with ideas such as historical legitimacy and common law. The effects of parliamentarisation were therefore mitigated, even if, over time, they became more pronounced.

Keywords:   Third Republic, Wilhelmine period, Germany, executive, legislative, parliamentarism

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