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Practicing Democracy: Elections and Political Culture in Imperial Germany

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What happens when manhood suffrage, a radically egalitarian institution, gets introduced into a deeply hierarchical society? In her sweeping history of Imperial Germany's electoral culture, Anderson shows how the sudden opportunity to "practice" democracy in 1867 opened up a free space in the land of Kaisers, generals, and Junkers. Originally designed to make voters suscep ...more
Hardcover, 488 pages
Published April 17th 2000 by Princeton University Press (first published April 10th 2000)
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Miriam
Aug 18, 2011 Miriam rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Political and social historians, German scholars
Recommended to Miriam by: my German history professor
Shelves: non-fiction
Anderson compares democratic practices and procedures in late 19th-century Germany to those in Britain, France, and America to argue against the "special path" interpretation of German history which blames the failure of Weimar on lack of experience with democracy. Anderson argues that misconceptions regarding the nature and role of the franchise and democratic government in Imperial Germany have prevented the true role of German suffrage laws from being properly evaluated.

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Michael Williams
This is a very good book on Reichstag election procedures and what might be called "election culture" in Imperial Germany. It's a valuable contribution to the Sonderweg debate (which will never die). Unfortunately, Professor Anderson proffers claims in the final two or three paragraphs of her conclusion that her body of research, focused on just one field of imperial German political culture, cannot warrant. The book's scope, both thematically and temporally, is too narrow to allow Professor And ...more
Brittany
Quite the read.
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