Orlow demonstrates that the success of parliamentary democracy in Prussia during the Weimar Republic found its roots in the strength of national unity developed during the nineteenth century, and the work of Catholics, Social Democrats, and Liberals during the time of Republic.
Dietrich Orlow, known for his detailed history of the Nazi party, deals here with the structure and functioning of the Prussian state government in the critical years of the Weimar Republic. [He shows] that the existence of a well-governed and relatively stable Prussia was crucial in enabling the Weimar Republic to survive its first six years, and he has provided a useful and worthwhile counterpoint to its history at the national level.
[Orlow] argues that Prussia's success at establishing stable cooperation among liberals, Catholics, and Social Democrats in the Weimar Republic was no accident. It reflected a reforming tradition dating to 1848. It incorporated a Prussian patriotism that regarded the integrity and stability of Prussia as vital for sustaining and modernizing the Reich as a whole.
Orlow has rendered a service both to scholars in the field and to the general reader interested in the politics and personalities of a German state that once encompassed three-fifths of the nation. His book(s) represents the definitive political history of Prussia during the Weimar years.