How democratic was Germany by 1914?

By Dr Colin Storer, published 20th September 2021

In this podcast Dr Colin Storer of the University of Warwick looks at the origins of the democratic tradition in Germany and discusses how democratic Germany was on the eve of the First World War. Dr Storer examines to what extent was there mass participation in elections, high levels of education and freedom of the press in pre-war Germany.

1. Introduction.
2. Federal constitutional reform.
3. Limitations within the system.
4. Issues within the Parliamentary system.
5. Democratisation.
6. Freedom of the press.

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