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The three emperors : three cousins, three empires and the road to World War One

Author: Miranda Carter
Publisher: London ; New York : Fig Tree, 2009.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Uses the cousins' correspondence and a host of historical sources to tell the tragicomic story of a tiny, glittering, solipsistic world that was often preposterously out of kilter with its times, struggling to stay in command of politics and world events as history overtook it.
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Genre/Form: Biographie
History
Biography
Named Person: George, King of Great Britain; William, German Emperor; Nicholas, Emperor of Russia; George, King of Great Britain; Nicholas, Emperor of Russia; William, German Emperor; Kaiser II ) Wilhelm (Deutsches Reich; Zar II ) Nikolaus (Russland; König V ) Georg (Großbritannien
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Miranda Carter
ISBN: 9780670915569 0670915564
OCLC Number: 373480740
Notes: Maps on endpapers.
Description: xxii, 584 pages, [32] pages of plates : illustrations, maps, portraits ; 24 cm
Contents: pt. I. Three Childhoods, Three Countries --
1. Wilhelm: an experiment in perfection (1859) --
2. George: coming second (1865) --
3. Nicholas: a diamond-studded ivory tower (1868) --
pt. II. Family Ties, Imperial Contests --
4. Wilhelm emperor (1888-90) --
5. Young men in love (1891-4) --
6. Wilhelm Anglophile (1891-5) --
7. Perfidious Muscovy (1895-7) --
8. Behind the wall (1893-1904) --
9. Imperial imperatives (1898-1901) --
pt. III. A Bright New Century --
10. fourth emperor (1901-4) --
11. Unintended consequences (1904-5) --
12. Continental shifts (1906-8) --
13. A Balkan crisis (1908-9) --
14. Edward's mantle (1910-11) --
15. Celebrations and warnings (1911-14) --
16. July 1914 --
pt. IV. Armageddon --
17. A war (1914-18).
Responsibility: Miranda Carter.

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In the years before the First World War, the great European powers, Britain, Germany and Russia, were ruled by three cousins: George V, King-Emperor of England, the British Empire and India; Wilhelm  Read more...

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