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Up to date and increased, this moment variation of Bismarck and the German Empire, 1871–1918 is an obtainable creation to this crucial interval in German heritage. delivering either a story of occasions on the time and an research of social and cultural advancements around the interval, Lynn Abrams examines the political, financial and social constructions of the Empire. together with the newest learn, the e-book additionally covers: how Bismarck consolidated his regime the Wilhelmian interval the standards that resulted in the outbreak of global conflict One. With a brand new creation and up to date extra analyzing part – together with a advisor to invaluable web pages – this e-book offers scholars the suitable advent to this key interval of German historical past.

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This was a period of greater opportunities in the world of paid work but these opportunities were barred to all but a few women. Women’s education was inadequate. Working-class women received the basics—reading, writing and needlework—while women of the middle class were taught cultural accomplishments but little else. There were few secondary schools for women until the eve of the war, women were not permitted to take the high school examination, the Abitur, until 1895; and it was not until the 1900s that women could attend university.

Schoolchildren regularly celebrated national victories and state occasions, participating in flag-waving and street processions, and nationalist and monarchist propaganda was disseminated through text books. Pupils read that their Kaiser was ‘a man of true piety…with an unshakeable belief in God’ and were encouraged to emulate him. At the same time, socialist ideas were also actively discouraged. Wilhelm II was especially keen to use the education system for this purpose and an education bill put forward in 1890 explicitly stated that its main purpose was to ‘strengthen the state in its battle against the forces of revolution’.

Employers often used the notion of a family wage to justify lower wages for women workers (men were regarded as breadwinners, women merely worked for ‘pin-money’) and generally women only received between 40 and 60 per cent of male wages in spite of the fact that few families could survive on the husband’s wage alone. Employment for women was also unstable. Women could be hired and fired at will, they were most vulnerable to seasonal fluctuations in the trade cycle, and women living in towns dominated by heavy industries like mining and iron and steel, had difficulty in securing paid employment at all.

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