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Electoral politics in Wilhelmine Germany /
Stanley Suval.
imprint
Chapel Hill : University of North Carolina Press, c1985.
description
xi, 311 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
ISBN
0807816310
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imprint
Chapel Hill : University of North Carolina Press, c1985.
isbn
0807816310
general note
Includes index.
catalogue key
3192122
 
Bibliography: p. [287]-306.
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Appeared in Choice on 1986-02:
Suval's important, if disturbing, study maintains that the voters of Wilhelmine Germany were as sophisticated and politicized as those of Weimar Germany and that, indeed, the electoral system of the authoritarian regime (i.e., Wilhelmine) functioned better than that of the democratic state (i.e., Weimar). In developing this thesis, Suval turns several well-worn beliefs on their heads. Most significant, perhaps, is his rejection of the model of pre-1914 Germany as ``an authoritarian monolith composed of dominant elites and apathetic or deferential followers.'' The electorate in Wilhelmine Germany was a fully politicized body, giving serious regard, Suval contends, to its franchise obligations. Supporting this conclusion is a wealth of primary documentation from several city and state archives. The records indicate high voter turnout, consistent and habitual voting patterns, and the absence of either intimidation or corruption in the balloting process. They belie the proposition that the creators of the Weimar Republic were handicapped by their inheritance of a politically naive electorate. Whatever handicaps the new republic was born with-and these certainly included military defeat, a problematic peace treaty, and economic dislocation-political naivete was not among them. Suval has written an excellent and provocative book, one eliciting the attention of historians and political scientists alike. It deserves a place on the shelves of all academic libraries.-C.P. Vincent, Keene State College
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Table of Contents
Acknowledgmentsp. xiii
The Outline of the Systemp. 3
The Rush to the Pollsp. 21
The Credibility of the Systemp. 37
The Affirmersp. 55
Reconstructing the Old Majority: the Protestant Mittelstand in Wilhelmine Politicsp. 120
The Common Responsep. 161
Elbing-Marienburg: 1903-1912p. 180
Dortmund-Hörde: 1898-1912p. 209
Reforming and Restructuring the Electoral Systemp. 227
Conclusion and Epiloguep. 242
Appendixp. 258
Notesp. 261
Bibliographyp. 287
Indexp. 307
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