Originally published in 1968, this was the first time that a comprehensive selection of documents on Germany in the Age of Bismarck had been made available to students and other readers in the English language. The documents were chosen to illuminate not only Bismarck’s own personality and policies but also the nature of the problems he faced and the reactions of his contemporaries. The substantial introduction serves as a general background and guide to the documents, which are in the form of letters, essays, polemics, speeches, and memoirs, produced in the period itself. They allow the student to obtain a genuine first-hand insight into the workings of minds and institutions in Germany during three of the most eventful decades of her history.
Table of Contents
Part 1: The Age of Bismarck 1. Introductory: Prussia and Germany in 1862 2. Bismarck and the Constitutional Conflict in Prussia 3. Bismarck and the Unification of Germany 4. Political Problems and Developments in Bismarck’s Germany 5. Religious and Cultural Aspects of Bismarck’s Germany 6. Economic and Social Problems in Bismarck’s Germany 7. Aspects of Bismarck’s Foreign Policy, 1871-1888 8. Bismarck’s Last Years in Power Part 2: Selected Documents A: The Prussian Constitutional Conflict and Its Settlement After the Defeat of Austria B: Foreign and Domestic Problems Between 1866 and 1871 C: The Franco Prussian War D: The Bismarckian Empire E: The Kulturkampf F: The Social Problem G: Bismarck and the Liberals After 1871 H: Bismarck’s Fall
W. M. Simon was Professor of History at the University of Keele.