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over a political system in which the
established a primacy over other
sources of power.
However, Wilhelm II more of a
playboy than an omnipotent
autocrat – he lacked the selfautocrat
discipline necessary for effective
government and administration.
government ‘Structuralist’ Historians An attempt to explain developments through a detailed
examination of social, political and economic factors.
Argue that after Bismarck there was a power vacuum
that created “a permanent crisis of the state behind its
façade of high-handed leadership.”
This power vacuum allowed traditional Prussian elites –
the Junkers, the officer corps, the judiciary and senior
bureaucrats – to dominate the nation’s affairs.
Faced by the social and economic changes wrought by
industrialization, these elites banded together to
preserve their power and influence.
preserve ‘Structuralist’ Histo...
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- Spring '11
- History, Berlin, officer corps, Wilhelm II, German Emperor