This book offers a balanced appraisal of Imperial Germany. Without ignoring the society's many problems, it explores the overwhelmingly negative tenor of Wilhelmian historiography and analyzes key institutions and events to illustrate the positive elements of this period in German history. .
1. Army, State and Society in Germany, 1871-1914: an Interpretation 2. Militarism and Arms Policy Revisited: The Origins of the German Army Law of 1913 3. The Civic Pride of the German Middle Classes, 1890-1918 4. Urban Challenge Under the Empire 5. Catholic Plight in the Kaiserreich: A Reappraisal 6. Protestant and Catholic Women Confront Social Change 7. Thwarting the Imperial Will: A Perspective on the Labor Regulation Bill and the Press of Wilhelmian Germany 8. On the Stimulation of Excellence in Wilhelmian Science 9. Republics Within the Empire: The Universities 10. The Universities: An American View