This book deals with liberals in power in imperial Germany. It is about what liberals did to get into power, and what they did once they were in control of government. By analysing urban liberal politics, the level at which liberals could actually achieve many of their ideals of a civic, cultural, and enterprising society, it determines the extent to which German liberals really were ‘peculiar’ and ‘unpolitical’ in comparison with their Western European neighbours. By focusing on one of the most progressive and important urban liberal centres in Germany, Frankfurt am Main, this study examines the liberals' astuteness in responding to the political challenges of the growth of social democracy. A second central area of investigation is that of liberal government, regarding the extent that liberals managed to achieve their ideals.
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