Kaiser Wilhelm II: Germany's Last Emperor

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It is not by his will that he will unleash a war, but by his weakness', King Edward VII worte of his nephew, Kaiser Wilhelm II, in 1905. Born in 1859, the eldest grandchild of Queen Victoria, Prince Wilhelm of Prussia was torn between two conflicting cultures -- that of the Prussian Junker of Bismarck's age, and that of the English Liberal gentleman. Ascending the throne in 1888, he alternately revered and reviled England, while personifying German military power and embodying his empire's ambition to become the ...
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It is not by his will that he will unleash a war, but by his weakness', King Edward VII worte of his nephew, Kaiser Wilhelm II, in 1905. Born in 1859, the eldest grandchild of Queen Victoria, Prince Wilhelm of Prussia was torn between two conflicting cultures -- that of the Prussian Junker of Bismarck's age, and that of the English Liberal gentleman. Ascending the throne in 1888, he alternately revered and reviled England, while personifying German military power and embodying his empire's ambition to become the world's foremost naval power as well. A warlord who dreaded the possibility of European conflict, his eagerness to surround himself with a war-hungry entourage, his rash ventures into foreign policy and above all his poor judgement of character resulted in his leading Germany into the most devastating war Europe had yet witnessed.

This book examines the complex personality of the sovereign who dominated the continent early in the twentieth century, only to become for a while one of the most hated men in the world; the handicapped child who became a successful sportsman; the devoted husband who still sought extra-marital liaisons, and the apparently contented exile who expressed his disgust at Nazism while giving vent to his own racial prejudices.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780750919418
  • Publisher: Sutton Publishing
  • Publication date: 10/1/1999
  • Pages: 244
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
List of Plates
1 The Young Prince 1
2 Marriage and Responsibility 25
3 The Young Kaiser 57
4 'A Great Ruler and a Sensible Man?' 90
5 The Quill and the Sword 118
6 The Approaching Storm 145
7 The Kaiser at War 172
8 The Squire of Doorn 197
Genealogical Tables 226
Notes 228
Bibliography 234
Index 239
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