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Military Organization and the Prusso-German State

  • Everett Carl Dolman
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Abstract

The process of political development in Prussia-Germany from 1640 to 1970 provides the soundest test of the proposition that military organization is a determining factor in the development of state-level political institutions. The transformation of this once minor principality from an unbalanced aristocracy into a model of modern liberal democracy has included intervals of absolutist despotism, constitutional monarchy, a radically progressive democratic republic, fascist dictatorship, and modern liberal democracy. Since all these governing types are evident in a distinct society over a historically short period, this case study has the advantage of holding several potentially important cultural and sociopolitical alternative intervening variables constant, thereby enhancing the focus on military factors.

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Military Service Officer Corps Military Organization General Staff Officer Rank 
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