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privileged
few,
 pronounce
their
own
judgement
on
the
extent
to
which
the
ruling
elites
were
prepared
to
 adapt.

So
do
the
continual
recourse
to
evasive
strategies
and
attempts
to
divert
attention
 form
the
need
for
internal
reforms,
as
well
as
the
decision
to
accept
the
risk
of
war
rather
 than
be
forced
into
making
concessions.

In
practice,
the
ruling
elites
showed
themselves
to
 be
neither
willing
nor
able
to
initiate
the
transition
towards
modern
social
and
political
 conditions
when
this
had
become
necessary.

This
is
not
a
judgement
based
on
theoretical
 speculation
but
on
the
processes
which
culminated
in
the
breakdown
of
the
German
 Empire
in
revolution
and
the
end
of
theold
regime.

This
hiatus
cannot
be
explained
away.

 It
represents
the
bill
that
had
to
be
paid
for
the
inability
of
the
German
Empire
to...
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