The Kaiser and his Court: Wilhelm II and the Government of Germany / Edition 1

The Kaiser and his Court: Wilhelm II and the Government of Germany / Edition 1

by John C. G. Rohl
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521565049

ISBN-13: 9780521565042

Pub. Date: 09/28/2003

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Within a couple of decades Kaiser Wilhelm II had led the German Reich into World War and collapse. How did the Kaiser come to have so much power? Using new archival sources, this book analyzes the Kaiser and the nature of his rule. After an original character sketch of the Kaiser, the book then examines the Kaiser's friends and favorites, the neo-absolutist culture of…  See more details below

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Within a couple of decades Kaiser Wilhelm II had led the German Reich into World War and collapse. How did the Kaiser come to have so much power? Using new archival sources, this book analyzes the Kaiser and the nature of his rule. After an original character sketch of the Kaiser, the book then examines the Kaiser's friends and favorites, the neo-absolutist culture of the court and of Berlin society, and the nature of his relationship with the court and with the administrative corps in Prussia and the Reich. A final chapter reveals for the first time the extent of the exiled Kaiser's anti-Semitism.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521565042
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
09/28/2003
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
275
Sales rank:
994,194
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.63(d)

Table of Contents

Preface to the English edition; Introduction; 1. Kaiser Wilhelm II: a suitable case for treatment?; 2. Philipp Eulenburg, the Kaiser's best friend; 3. The Kaiser's court; 4. The 'kingship mechanism' in the Kaiserreich; 5. Higher civil servants in Wilhelmine Germany; 6. The splendour and impotence of the German diplomatic service; 7. Dress rehearsal in December: military decision-making on the eve of the First World War; 8. Kaiser Wilhelm II and German anti-semitism.

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