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Flashcards in The Power of the Kaiser Deck (12):
1

Daily Telegraph Affair

1908 - Von Bulow humiliated Kaiser allowed the interview to be published. Forced resignation, vital to please Kaiser to retain position, regardless of achievements.

2

Zabern Affair

1913 - Bethmann-Hollwigg mismanaged the Zabern affair,, initiating a vote of no confidence. 293:54, dismissed by Kaiser and allowed to continue.

3

Rohl Belief's

That the Kaiser had all the power, everyone who served under him army, chancellors and ambassadors were appointed by him and reliant on his favour.

4

Policy of Weltpolitik

World Policy - Supreme Army Commander, pass laws which helped him achieve his foreign policy. Foreign policy based on his own beliefs, significantly affected the budget

5

Army Law

1912 - Saw the increase of the army to 870,000 people, Flottenpolitik.

6

Navy Law

1900 - Saw the increase of the amount of battleships to 38 over the next 20 years, Flottenpolitik.

7

Conclusion

The period wasn't a parliamentary democracy, but of an autocratic monarchy, where policy was based on Kaiser's beliefs and his influence on elected institutions (Hollwigg).

8

Powers

-Appoint/dismiss Chancellor
-Full power of Foreign policy
-Always King of Prussia (favouritism)
-Military Oath to Kaiser not people

9

Sammsungpolitik

Unite the political parties to support Weltpolitik.

10

Quote Ineffective Democracy

Karl Liebknecht - 'A fig leaf for absolutism' portraying how ineffective democracy was and that it was more the personal rule of the Kaiser.

11

Prussia quote

Chris Clark - 'Nothing but a vehicle for Prussian domination'

12

Prussia and the Kaiser

Proposals made in favour of Prussia. Prussian military dwarfed south foreign policy decided by Prussian foreign policy. Complete control of Bundesrat making/changing policy, 17 votes 14 needed .