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The Peculiarities of German HistoryBourgeois Society and Politics in Nineteenth-Century Germany$
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David Blackbourn and Geoff Eley

Print publication date: 1984

Print ISBN-13: 9780198730583

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198730583.001.0001

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The State and Politics

The State and Politics

(p.238) IV The State and Politics
The Peculiarities of German History

David Blackbourn

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines the influence of the bourgeois revolution on the developments in state and politics in Germany during the nineteenth century. It explains that there was a basic discrepancy in Germany between economic dynamism and social and political backwardness and suggests that the peculiarity in German history may be traced to the lack of synchronization between developments as the different levels in historian Hans Rosenberg's so-called ‘great triad’. It contends that many accounts of German history have telescoped the links between economy and society and argues that the impact of capitalism was not confined to an encapsulated sphere of the economy.

Keywords:   bourgeois revolution, German history, economic dynamism, Hans Rosenberg, capitalism, politics

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