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Germany - Political Parties Pre-World War 1.

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´╗┐Before world war one Germany was reasonably stable except for some weaknesses such as the political status which was struggling due to new government parties like the Social Democratic Party that had formed due to the growth in Germany's industrial status. Before world war one, Germany had a massive industrial boost due to the ever growing working class. This growth caused both strengths and weaknesses in the country. One of the main strengths that Germany gained from its industry was that its production of steel and coal grew by over 100% between 1871 and 1914, this led to a great growth in its economy and also in its world status as a industrial country. Soon Germany was a very wealthy country with money to spend on its military and other areas that helped to achieve recognition of its successfulness. ...read more.


The working class first formed the Socialist Workers Party of Germany and then changed its name in 1890 to the Social Democratic Party (SPD). The SPD was the best developed and organised socialist party in Europe by 1914 with a great influence over the Germany government. The SPD made Germany very unstable because it showed a great split between the capitalist ruling class and the working class. The capitalist ruling class mainly consisted of industrial tycoons and leaders of the Protestant church who saw it as unpatriotic due to its links with foreign socialist parties and therefore wanted it gone, but due to the strength of the SPD is just kept growing in population. The Protestant Church was also suffering due to the rise in Catholics after German was united as an empire in 1871. ...read more.


The formation of the German Empire had also created cracks due to the terms in which the 4 states had been united. Prussia was the largest and most dominant state/kingdom, and most of the countries rulers had come from there. Due to this it had the most influential hand in the uniting of the kingdoms, which is used to its advantage. This caused problems in the smaller states, where revolutionists dreamt of regaining their freedom, making the future of Germany seem unstable and possibly prone to strikes and revolutions. However, on the face of it, Germany now looked like a more confident and stronger country with a very large strong military that had been formed from the different states. This made Germany seem more stable than it actually was. Its leading war Officers were mainly from a capitalist and Protestant background which would have strengthened the army in case of trouble from the SPD or Centre Party. ...read more.

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