Kaiser Wilhelm II -||- Wilhelm's Chancellors -||- Admiral von Tirpitz and the Naval Race -||- Alliance with Austria-Hungary -||- Relations with Europe -||- Internal Discontent and new Social Orders -||- Industry and Economy -||- The Schlieffin Plan -||- World War I
~~~~~-To Wilhelm II's Germany-~~~~~
Industry & Economy
Germany had the fastest growing and largest industry in Europe. It was already mineral rich to begin with, and then they added the provinces of Alsace-Lorraine to increase their wealth.
There were also breakthroughs in technology at this time, including
artificial dyes, cures for ‘uncurable’ diseases, not to mention the
artillery like the gun; the Big Bertha.
Immigrants flocked to Germany, and farmers did the same, resulting in a
great 50% increase of the population. Of
course, this led to bad living conditions and over-crowding as it always does,
but it was part of the pattern.
Britain was the great trading partner.
This lead to some bitterness on Britain’s side that ‘everything [was]
made in Germany!’.