The Kaiser and His Court
Wilhelm II and the Government of Germany
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Kaiser and His Court by John C. G. Rohl
Book DescriptionKaiser 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 character-sketch of the Kaiser which provides new and alarming insights into his personality. It then looks, crucially, at the Kaiser's friends and favourites, the neo-absolutist culture of the court and of Berlin court society, and at the nature of his relationship with the court on the one hand and with the administrative 'pyramid' in Prussia and the Reich on the other. The book makes clear that these bureaucrats and diplomats had neither the means nor the will to oppose the overwhelming determination of the Kaiser and his close friends and advisers in directing the policies of the most dynamic and volatile state in Europe. The dangerous consequences of this situation led to the brink of world war as early as December 1912. A final chapter reveals for the first time the appalling extent and nature of the exiled Kaiser's anti-semitism.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521565042
(228mm x 152mm x 16mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 27-Jun-1996
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author John C. G. Rohl
Kaiser Wilhelm II, Paperback (August 2014)
This is a concise edition of John Rohl's prize-winning three-volume biography of Kaiser Wilhelm II of Germany.
Wilhelm II, Hardback (February 2014)
Final volume in acclaimed biography of Wilhelm II exploring his role in the origins of the First World War.
Kaiser Wilhelm II New Interpretations, Paperback (September 2005)
As assessment of the Kaiser's character and its implications on Imperial German history.
Young Wilhelm, Hardback (October 1998)» View all books by John C. G. Rohl
A richly documented account of the early life of Kaiser Wilhelm II.
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