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The Kaiser and his court : Wilhelm II and the government of Germany

Author: John C G Röhl; Terence F Cole
Publisher: Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1996.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : First paperback editionView all editions and formats
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Kaiser Wilhelm II, Queen Victoria's eldest grandchild, took over the running of the powerful German Reich from Bismarck and within a couple of decades had led it into world war and collapse. How did the Kaiser come to have so much power? Why was there no one to help him steer a less disastrous course? This book analyses these crucial questions with the help of a wealth of new archival sources. The book begins with a  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: William, German Emperor; William, German Emperor; William, German Emperor; Kaiser II ) Wilhelm (Deutsches Reich
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: John C G Röhl; Terence F Cole
ISBN: 0521565049 9780521565042 0521402239 9780521402231
OCLC Number: 35515291
Notes: Originally published in Germany as Kaiser, hof und staat: Wilhelm II und die deutsche politik.
Description: xi, 275 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Contents: Kaiser Wilhelm II: a suitable case for treatment? --
Philipp Eulenburg, the Kaiser's best friend --
The Kaiser's court --
The 'kingship mechanism' in the Kaiserreich --
Higher civil servants in Wilhelmine Germany --
The splendour and impotence of the German diplomatic service --
Dress rehearsal in December: military decision-making on the eve of the First World War --
Kaiser Wilhelm II and German anti-semitism.
Responsibility: John C.G. Röhl ; translated from the German by Terence F. Cole.
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This book analyses the extraordinary personality of Kaiser Wilhelm II, his anti-semitism, the nature of his rule, and the neo-absolutist culture of Berlin court society.  Read more...

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