To what extent were the Kaiser’s policies a pragmatic response to the issues facing Germany between 1900-1914?

Topics: Socialism, Social class, Working class Pages: 2 (623 words) Published: November 27, 2013

Between the years of 1900-1914 there was a strong threat of socialism in Germany. Although the Kaiser wanted to remain as conservative as he could, he realised that change was needed in order to improve Germany. The Kaiser’s policies could be seen to a pragmatic response to the issues facing Germany between 1900 and 1914. But through these policies it is evident that the Kaiser wanted to remain conservative and so he only made minor changes (from the top down) to keep the working class stable. The Kaiser recognised the worth of industry and education and saw that in order for Germany to change and improve, education would have to be provided to the lower and working classes. This response could see the Kaiser as being pragmatic, he realised the importance of education to the population and therefore enforced a policy allowing the lower classes access to education. On the other hand, this could also show that the Kaiser wasn’t being pragmatic because as a response to this policy, most of the population were now being educated; they could think for themselves and would demand more changes. This also shows that the Kaiser thought he could have no politics, which also shows that he lacks pragmatism. A pragmatic response to try and unite Germany was the creation of Weltpolitik, although it could also be seen to be divisive as it separated the Social Democratic Party (SPD) from everyone else. Therefore, although the Kaiser was trying to be pragmatic in the sense that he wanted to bring everyone closer, he ended up isolating the SPD, which made them more popular with the German population, something that the Kaiser did not want at all. It threatened his conservatism and it made him fear that there would be an outbreak of demands amongst the people. Although the Kaiser did have a pragmatic response through most policies, he was determined to keep the status quo. He did not want to disrupt the order of hierarchy and this is evident as the Reichstag were not given the...
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