Assess the contradictions in culture and values of Germany during the rule of Emperor William II. What factors do you feel led to these contradictions? Provide examples to support your answer



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Assess the contradictions in culture and values of Germany during the rule of Emperor William II. What factors do you feel led to these contradictions? Provide examples to support your answer.

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Wilhelminian Germany

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Question 2

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Examine the demise of the anti-Semitic parties in Wilhelminian Germany. Did the end of these political parties represent the decline of anti-Semitism in Germany? Why or why not? Provide specific examples to support your answer.

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Parties, Lobbies, and Patriotic Organizations

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Question 3

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Compare and contrast the political philosophies of the Conservative and Progressive parties in the government during this period. How did these philosophies push Germany towards World War I?

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Parties, Lobbies, and Patriotic Organizations

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Question 4

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Did Prussian political and military leaders play an important role in influencing the direction of German politics during the reign of William II? Why or why not?

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Political Issues and Personalities

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Question 5

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Analyze the redistribution of political power as the Reich made the transition from a rural traditional society to one dominated by industrial and urban lifestyles. Do you believe this transition was accomplished successfully? Why or why not?

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Political Issues and Personalities

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Question 6

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Construct an argument for or against tax reform in Germany during the Wilhelminian era.

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Political Issues and Personalities

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Question 7

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During the industrial boom of the Wilhelminian period, why was the building of canals to supplement the railroads in Germany justified? Use support for your answer.

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Economic Developments

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Question 8

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Examine German art and literature movements from this time period. Did the industrialization and modernization of the country influence the artistic styles of the German people? Provide specific examples to support your answer.

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Literature, Art, and Society

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Question 9

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Given your knowledge of Bismarck and Wilhelm II, assess the extent to which an individual can influence the course of history, using specific examples for support.

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All sections

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Question 10

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Do you believe the foreign relations policies of Wilhelminian Germany led to the isolation of the country among the world powers? Why or why not?

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Foreign Relations

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