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The trial of the Kaiser

Author: William Schabas
Publisher: Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2018. ©2018
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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In the immediate aftermath of the armistice that ended the First World War, the Allied nations of Britain, France, and Italy agreed to put the fallen German Emperor Kaiser Wilhelm II on trial, in what would be the first ever international criminal tribunal. In Britain, Lloyd George campaigned for re-election on the slogan 'hang the Kaiser', but the Italians had only lukewarm support for a trial, and there was  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Trials, litigation, etc
Named Person: William, German Emperor; William, German Emperor; Wilhelm, Deutsches Reich Kaiser
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: William Schabas
ISBN: 0198833857 9780198833857
OCLC Number: 1040629506
Description: x, 410 pages, 4 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color), color map ; 24 cm
Contents: The Power of the Beaten Path --
'Hang the Kaiser' --
Kaiserdämmerung --
Making the Case in International Law --
Britain, France, and Italy Agree to Try the Kaiser --
The Dutch Are Divided --
Aborted Kidnap --
The Commission on Responsibilities --
Prosecuting Crimes against Peace --
International Law and War Crimes --
An International Criminal Court --
The Council of Virgins --
Finalising the Treaty of Versailles --
Implementing Article 227 --
Readying the Case for Trial --
The Kaiser in Limbo --
Demand for Surrender --
Was He Guilty?
Responsibility: William A. Schabas.

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This book, from renowned scholar William A. Schabas, sheds light on perhaps the most important international trial that never was: that of Kaiser Wilhelm II following the First World War. Schabas  Read more...

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