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Wilhelm II: Volume 2, Emperor and Exile, 1900-1941

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Wilhelm II (1859-1941), King of Prussia and German Emperor from 1888 to 1918, reigned during a period of unprecedented economic, cultural, and intellectual achievement in Germany. This volume completes Lamar Cecil's prize-winning scholarly biography of the Kaiser, one of modern history's most powerful—and most misunderstood—rulers.

As Cecil shows, Wilhelm's private life reflects a deeply troubled and very superficial man. But the book's larger focus is on Wilhelm as a head of ...

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Overview

Wilhelm II (1859-1941), King of Prussia and German Emperor from 1888 to 1918, reigned during a period of unprecedented economic, cultural, and intellectual achievement in Germany. This volume completes Lamar Cecil's prize-winning scholarly biography of the Kaiser, one of modern history's most powerful—and most misunderstood—rulers.

As Cecil shows, Wilhelm's private life reflects a deeply troubled and very superficial man. But the book's larger focus is on Wilhelm as a head of state. Cecil traces the events of the years leading up to World War I, a period that offers ample evidence of the Kaiser's inept conduct of foreign affairs, especially relations with England. Once war broke out, his generals and statesmen kept him on the sidelines. He was dethroned on November 9, 1918, when a socialist republic was established in Berlin, and he fled in exile to Holland, where he resided for the remaining twenty-three years of his life, working energetically, but to no avail, for his restoration to the throne.

Originally published in 1996.

A UNC Press Enduring Edition — UNC Press Enduring Editions use the latest in digital technology to make available again books from our distinguished backlist that were previously out of print. These editions are published unaltered from the original, and are presented in affordable paperback formats, bringing readers both historical and cultural value.

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"A work for both the layman and the scholar. This biography brings an entire era to life and creates a framework for the broader study of pre-Weimar Germany and Europe. It inspires the student to explore further the labyrinths of German history."—German Studies Review

"Cecil writes clearly and elegantly, weaving personal anecdotes into lucid analyses of the Second Reich."—American Historical Review

"This well-researched biography makes fascinating reading."—Virginia Quarterly Review

"Compelling. It is detailed, yet fast-paced, based on prodigious archival research and written with verve. It is a relentless portrait of evil, and a fascinating one, too."—Washington Times

"An outstanding example of meticulous archival research and incisive analysis."—Choice

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780807857199
  • Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press
  • Publication date: 7/1/2009
  • Series: H. Eugene and Lillian Youngs Lehman Series
  • Edition description: 1
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 518
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Lamar Cecil is author of four books on imperial Germany, including Wilhelm II: Prince and Emperor, 1859-1900 (UNC Press, 1989), which won the 1991 Book Prize of the German Studies Association. He is William R. Kenan, Jr., Professor of History at Washington and Lee University.

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Table of Contents

Preface
1 The Man at Mid-Passage 1
2 A Medici on the Spree 25
3 Reason and Religion 50
4 L'Allemagne, c'est l'Ennemi 74
5 The Eulenburg Roundtable 98
6 The Daily Telegraph Dynamite Bomb 123
7 Bethmann and the British 146
8 Old Allies and Future Opponents 169
9 So Many Enemies: Germany at War 193
10 War without Victory 213
11 Only a Shadow: Wilhelm and His Generals 232
12 Michaelis and Hertling: The Scared Rabbit and the Worn-out Professor 252
13 November 1918: The Great Liquidation 274
14 In Exile: I Bide My Time 296
15 Hohenzollerns and Nazis: The Path to the Palace 317
16 The Kingdom of Damp 337
Notes 357
Bibliography 455
Index 489
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