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Most readily recognized is the formal conduct of ‘open’ politics. This category comprises the activities of executives and legislatures, of election campaigns and all related phenomena, all of which are readily open to the media of the time. Behind, or within, these formal activities are various kinds of ‘closed’ politics. Analyst C. P. 36 These variations serve as a bridge to the second major category of informal politics of groups or individuals seeking protection or advantage in various kinds of small-scale but sometimes significant ‘politicking’.

Unlike the ships and trains, however, airships were still mostly in experimental stages of development. Thus decisions about each airship unit or programme generated financial apprehensions of great cost and risk. Where government agencies were airship purchasers, each stage of planning, financing, and construction elicited much formal political attention. No airship enterprise or nation escaped these circumstances. With the exception of its earlier wartime activities, Luftschiffbau Zeppelin wrestled with its development, always close to the brink of insolvency until 1935, when the Nazis politically hijacked the zeppelin while giving it financial lifeblood.

Then, following three years of foreign travel he returned to Stuttgart, being appointed in 1865 as Adjutant to the King of Württemberg. Like most Germans of that era, the Count participated in the great debates and conflicts of the 1860s about German unification. In the intra-German conflict of 1866 he supported the south German cause against Prussia, which in victory nevertheless dealt generously with the south German states and quickly deflected intra-German animosities into an all-German national enthusiasm for war with France.

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