King, Kaiser, Tsar : Three Royal Cousins Who Led the World to War

King, Kaiser, Tsar : Three Royal Cousins Who Led the World to War

by Catrine Clay



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King, Kaiser, Tsar : Three Royal Cousins Who Led the World to War by Catrine Clay

The extraordinary family story of George V, Wilhelm II, and Nicholas II: they were tied to one another by history, and history would ultimately tear them apart.
Drawing widely on previously unpublished royal letters and diaries, made public for the first time by Queen Elizabeth II , Catrine Clay chronicles the riveting half century of the overlapping lives of royal cousins George V of England, Wilhelm II of Germany, and Nicholas II of Russia, and their slow, inexorable march into conflict in World War I. They saw themselves as royal colleagues, a trade union of kings, standing shoulder to shoulder against the rise of socialism, republicanism, and revolution, and in 1914, on the eve of war, they controlled the destiny of Europe and the fates of millions of their subjects. Clay deftly reveals how intimate family details had deep historical significance, causing the tensions that abounded between them. At every point in her remarkable book, Clay sheds new light on a watershed period in world history.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780719565373
Publisher: Gardners Books
Publication date: 06/28/2007

About the Author

Catrine Clay has worked for the BBC for more than twenty years, directing and producing award-winning television documentaries. King, Kaiser, Tsar is her third book, resulting from her documentary of the same title. She is married and lives in London with her three children.

Table of Contents

Illustrations     ix
Acknowledgements     xi
Note on Dates and Spellings     xiii
Family Tree     xiv
Introduction     1
Willy's Bad Start     5
Georgie, the Second Son     23
Nicky, the Third Cousin     41
The Education of Three Royal Cousins     59
Family Dramas     77
Family Strife     94
I Bide My Time     109
Willy, the Kaiser     128
A Wedding and a Betrothal     148
Nicky and Willy     167
Turn of the Century     185
Uncle Bertie and his Two Nephews     205
Willy and Nicky in Trouble     225
Dangerous Disagreements     244
Scandals and Rivalries     263
George Inherits the Throne at Last     283
Three Cousins Go to War     303
The End     324
Epilogue     352
Notes     361
Bibliography     388
Index     395

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