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Wilhelm II and the Germans: A Study in Leadership

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This book explores the personification inherent in the notion of "Wilhelmian Germany" by investigating the psychological dimension of Wilhelm II's leadership of the Germans. Despite his historical reputation, many Germans welcomed the Kaiser's leadership. The years between 1890 and 1914 were known as the Wilhelmian era in Germany, and even critics of Wilhelm II thought it somehow fitting that he should be the German emperor. The author argues that Wilhelm II's personal needs and the needs of Germans in an age of ...

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Overview

This book explores the personification inherent in the notion of "Wilhelmian Germany" by investigating the psychological dimension of Wilhelm II's leadership of the Germans. Despite his historical reputation, many Germans welcomed the Kaiser's leadership. The years between 1890 and 1914 were known as the Wilhelmian era in Germany, and even critics of Wilhelm II thought it somehow fitting that he should be the German emperor. The author argues that Wilhelm II's personal needs and the needs of Germans in an age of intense nationalism made him the symbol of the nation.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195061727
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 8/28/1991
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 6.38 (w) x 9.56 (h) x 1.28 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 3
Part I. The Politicization of Personality
1. The Tragedy of Friedrich and Victoria 19
2. The Legacy of Maternal Worry and Disappointment 30
3. The Legacy of Maternal Possessiveness 52
4. The Legacy of Paternal Weakness and Neglect 67
5. Wilhelm II and His Parents 104
Part II. The Personalization of Politics
6. The Kaiser, the Press, and Public Opinion 127
7. On the Imperial Stage 141
8. Personal Symbol of the Nation 155
9. The Kaiser, the Navy, and Weltpolitik 177
10. Between the British and the Germans 199
Conclusion 225
Appendixes 235
Notes 251
Index 321
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