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German Parliamentary Debates, 1848–1933

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Mitchell Allen and Michael Hughes

German Parliamentary Debates, 1848-1933 presents a selection of issues debated in the Frankfurt Assembly of 1848 and the later Reichstag of the unified Germany of 1870. Topics include the role of Austria in the proposed unification of Germany (1848), the «dangers» of Social Democracy (1878), the expansion of the High Seas Fleet (1900), the acceptance of the Treaty of Versailles (1919), and the Enabling Act of 1933 by which the Reichstag signed away its powers to Adolf Hitler. Through these debates, factions and figures that played key, if forgotten, roles in the German political landscape are examined and their importance acknowledged.