The social policy of Bismarck

Ashley, Annie (1912). The social policy of Bismarck. University of Birmingham. M.A.

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When we speak of Bismarck’s social policy we may use the word “social” in a wider or a narrower sense. It may be taken to include his views on the nationalisation of railways and state monopolies and the conflict between free trade and protection. I have found it necessary, however, only to touch incidentally on these questions and for the sake of avoiding too great length to confine myself almost exclusively to the Insurance Legislation. This is the most purely social as well as the most original part of his work. It is also of burning interest in England at the present moment. I have, therefore, considered its origin, beginning with the meaning and history of State Socialism and going on to examine the piece of Bismarck himself in this movement and the development of his views up to the time of this legislation. Finally, after a brief abstract of the German Acts, I have discussed the whole movement shortly, considering not so much Bismarck’s actual measures as the European movement which arose from them and more especially the English Insurance Bill and its probable effects.

Type of Work: Thesis (Masters by Research > M.A.)
Award Type: Masters by Research > M.A.
College/Faculty: Faculties (to 1997) > Faculty of Commerce and Social Sciences
Funders: None/not applicable
Subjects: D History General and Old World > DD Germany
H Social Sciences > HX Socialism. Communism. Anarchism


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