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Red Saxony : election battles and the spectre of democracy in Germany, 1860-1918

Author: James N Retallack
Publisher: Oxford ; New York, NY : Oxford University Press, 2017.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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Red Saxony throws new light on the reciprocal relationship between political modernization and authoritarianism in Germany over the span of six decades. Election battles were fought so fiercely in Imperial Germany because they reflected two kinds of democratization. Social democratization could not be stopped, but political democratization was opposed by many members of the German bourgeoisie. Frightened by the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: James N Retallack
ISBN: 0199668787 9780199668786
OCLC Number: 1039339473
Awards: Winner of Winner of the 2017 Hans Rosenberg Book Prize.
Description: xxiv, 698 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color), maps (some color) ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction --
Election battles and democratization --
Socialists and others --
Saxony and the Reich --
1. On the threshold of a new age --
Saxony's modernization --
Electoral politics in the Old Key --
"New ideas are filling the world" --
2. The possibilities of liberal reform --
The Reichstag elections of February 1867 --
Saxony and the North German Confederation --
The Langtag Suffrage Reform of 1868 --
A "Liberal era"? --
3. Enemies of the Reich --
The rise of Saxon social democracy --
Red Saxony? The shock of January 1874 --
The struggle against subversion --
4. The struggle against Revolution --
The national context --
Saxony's contribution --
In the trenches --
"Valid" --
"Not Valid" --
5. Against liberalism and the Jews --
Liberalism adrift --
Conservatives and radical antisemites --
6. Authoritarianism under siege --
"1,427,298 social democratic voters!" --
Rowdy business --
Politics in an off key --
7. Suffrage reform as Coup d'État --
"For religion, morality, and order" --
8. "Red Saxony!" --
High stakes, 1903 --
A way forward? --
9. Deflecting democracy --
"The decent opinion of mankind" --
Saxon models --
10. Crisis and retrenchment --
Power of the street --
Holding the line, January 1907 --
11. Dance --
A house divided --
Democracy in disappearing ink --
12. Politics in a new key --
Praxis, October 1909 --
Perplexed --
Casting ballots, casting stones --
13. Adrift --
A lost half-decade --
Stirrings --
Licking wounds --
Suffrage reform: Right, half-turn! --
14. Democracy deferred --
The crucible of war --
The curious republic of Gondour --
Conclusion: The spectre of democracy.
Responsibility: James Retallack.

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Red Saxony reappraises Germany's prospects for democratic governance from the mid-nineteenth century to the collapse of the Second Reich, asking: how was Germany governed in the era of Bismarck and  Read more...

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