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officer corps to focus its
energies on preserving the
social status and political
influence of the Army.
influence A Military Society?
A Military Society? Social make-up of the officer corps – in 1913, 70% of
officers and 50% of colonels and generals were from
Contemporary critics of the German Army Criticism in the left-wing press
Satirical novels criticising the behaviour of the officer corps
The Zabern Affair (1913) – public outcry over military behaviour This more of a Prussian than a German phenomenon –
the Bavarians routinely mocked Prussian militarism.
Germany not the only nation in Europe where the army
and navy were held in high esteem.
and The Kaiser and his Court
The Kaiser and his Court The power of the Kaiser made the
court an important place in
Imperial politics and society.
The court provided access to the
monarch and opportunities to gain
John Röhl – Wilhelm II presided
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- Spring '11
- History, Berlin, officer corps, Wilhelm II, German Emperor