History 3415E Lecture Notes - Political Catholicism, Kulturkampf, May Laws

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Published on 22 Apr 2013
School
Western University
Department
History
Course
History 3415E
October 01, 2012
3415
Organization of the state
- emperor/Kaiser: Wilhelm 1
- imperial chancellor: Bismarck
- bundersrat (federal council):
o federal states
- reichstag:
o elected representatives
o universal manhood suffrage over 25
o parliament can’t dismiss the chancellor, only Kaiser
o parliament can’t initiate legislation, can only debate
o cannot dissolve itself
- elections held every 3 years
- Organized under Prussian leadership
- 2/3 of the territory- largest single entity in the Bundsrat
- the other states are dependent upon Prussia for income
- many memember maintain Prussian office, and also take a federal office
- Prussia dominates this new federal state
- Also a tension between Prussia & federal state. Even though many official
enjoy this double office holding, they resent it because….
Germany Divided
- 4 kingdoms
- 6 grand dutchies
- 5 dutchies
- 7 principalities
- 3 free cities
- 1 imperial territory
- region:
o particularsts
o guelphs
- ethnicity/nationality
- religion
- politics
o fed
o democrats
Bismarck forges a union
- Uses national liberal party as allies
- Attacks reichsfeinde:
o other nationalities: * Poles*, Danes, French
o Catholics
o Socialists
o Anyone else who did not endorse 1871
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Bundersrat (federal council): federal states reichstag: elected representatives, universal manhood suffrage over 25, parliament can"t dismiss the chancellor, only kaiser, parliament can"t initiate legislation, can only debate, cannot dissolve itself. 2/3 of the territory- largest single entity in the bundsrat the other states are dependent upon prussia for income. Many memember maintain prussian office, and also take a federal office. Also a tension between prussia & federal state. Even though many official enjoy this double office holding, they resent it because . 1 imperial territory region: particularsts guelphs. Attacks reichsfeinde: other nationalities: * poles*, danes, french, catholics, socialists, anyone else who did not endorse 1871, 32000 expelled out of poland by 1888. Ethnic resettlement project: a similar belief in german nationalism as the nazi policy, poles are the most significant- easiest to attack them out of the other minorities, liberals want to create a unified germany with bismarck.

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