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The Prussian landed nobility and the development of the German concept of the state in the Nineteenth and Twentieth centuries (Claudio Tommasi)

This article deals both with the Prussian nobility in the last period of its historical life and with German conservatism as a social, political and cultural phenomenon. The two subjects, which are closely connected with each other, are examined within the broader framework of the social and constitutional evolution of Nineteenth and early Twentieth century Germany. The Prussian nobility was becoming a "landed aristocracy" However, it still perceived itself mostly as an "ancien regime" social body. In those decades it acted as a "catalyst" for all those classes. groups and movements witch aimed at opposing the social and political modernisation of Germany. It displayed a remarkable ability lo unify and lead them, and to exploit modern political "tools" -party press, mass propaganda, lobbying, etc. After the republican constitution of Weimar was introduced, the Junkertum lost all its residual ancien regime privileges and then became supporters of the Hitler regime.



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