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‘Hugo Preuss, German Political Thought and the Weimar Constitution’

Stirk, Peter.M.R

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Peter.M.R Stirk


The reputation of Hugo Preuss has been tainted by the failure of the Weimar Republic, whose constitution he drafted. Preuss has consequently been comparatively neglected in the history of German political thought and some have seen him as trapped in the conceptual world of the German monarchical state. This article argues against that view of Preuss, and against the same view of Robert Redslob who influenced him at a crucial stage. It also argues that Preuss had good democratic reasons for advocating a directly elected president and that the later problems with the German presidency were a product of subsequent reinterpretation of the role of the president, which was contrary to Preuss's intentions.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date 2002-10
Deposit Date Jul 2, 2008
Publicly Available Date Jul 2, 2008
Journal History of Political Thought
Print ISSN 0143-781X
Publisher Imprint Academic
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 23
Issue 3
Pages 497-516
Keywords Germany, Politics, President, Presidency, Robert Redslob.
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