Modernity in Wilhelmine Germany

Modernity in Wilhelmine Germany - Colin Gallo The years...

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Colin Gallo The years ranging from 1871-1918 in the German empire, otherwise known as  the Wilhelmine era, is a period of time when the young united empire was making a  crucial shift away from imperial methods and hierarchies towards a more modern state  of affairs. This was a time during which across all levels of society progress was being  made to push new ideas and practices into the socially accepted norm of the time.  Systems of society in politics, economics, technology and culture which had been held  over from pre-imperial times began to evolve into new ideas and ideologies which were  considered progressive and advanced at the time. Many of these new institutions can  even be found to have lasted all the way into present day German society—a feat which  can’t be called anything but modern.  The fields across which Germany evolved can be  summarized into several categories—technological, political, social, and cultural. In the technological field during this time, Germany became a modern industrial  giant on par with the rest of the trading markets in the world. There was a heavy shift  from an agrarian-based farmer’s society to a heavily mechanized manufacturing  industry in which production of textiles and other items which required greatly  automated systems in order to be constructed was ramped up dramatically. In fact,  manufacturing and exporting advanced so remarkably that Germany was able to 
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compete with Britain on the world market, and even became the second largest  exporting nation in the world, behind the United States. Production of the equipment 
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