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Kaiser Wilhelm II (1859-1941) was a key figure in German history as it followed its fatal course from Bismarck to Hitler, and this book presents a detailed account of the first half of his reign. Concerned primarily with the question of who controlled Germany's powerful machinery of government, the text focuses on how the country's domestic and foreign policy was decided upon, and the issue of the continuity (or inevitability) of German history from the foundation of the Second Reich by Bismarck to Hitler's Third Reich.Read more
- A further volume in John C. G. Röhl's life of Kaiser Wilhem II, one of the supreme biographical undertakings of modern times
- Based on a superabundance of new archival evidence, much of it unexamined by any other scholar
- The three volumes have transformed the perceptions of historians and the general public of the Imperial period in Germany
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"[Röhl's] scholarship is profound and beyond reproach."
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"...This authoritative tome based on more than 20 years of scholarly research represents the second installment of Röhl's meticulously detailed biography of Germanyas Kaiser Wilhelm II. Highly recommended."
- Choice, June 2005
"...truly an extraordinary accomplishment, one representing the capstone of a lifetime of research and thinking about Wilhelm II and Germany."
- H-German, Kelly McFall, Newman University
26th Apr 2019 by Venator
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- Date Published: September 2017
- format: Paperback
- isbn: 9781107565951
- length: 1306 pages
- dimensions: 247 x 173 x 53 mm
- weight: 2.26kg
- contains: 55 b/w illus. 1 map
- availability: Temporarily unavailable - available from TBC
Table of Contents
Preface to the English edition
Preface to the German edition
1. The accession
2. The first state visits
3. The Kaiser and his mother
4. An ominous family quarrel
5. The young Kaiser: a sketch drawn from nature
6. First steps in foreign affairs
7. The pillars of imperial power
8. The domination of the Bismarcks
9. The Bismarck crisis begins
10. The Kaiser, the Chancellor and the Kartell
11. Constitutional conflicts
12. Bismarck's fall from power
13. The haphazard transition: from the Bismarcks to the New Course
14. In Bismarck's footsteps: the conduct of foreign policy under the New Course
15. The dualism of power
16. The fall of the Court Generals
17. The School Bill crisis and the fragmentation of power
18. Dynastic diplomacy
19. The rude awakening
20. The predictable disaster: Wilhelm II and the 'public soul' of Germany
21. Caprivi's dismissal
22. Head of the family
23. The Kaiser and the 'Newest Course'
24. An enemy of the people
25. Wilhelm and world politics
26. Great Britain and the spectre of encirclement
27. Endgame: the breakthrough to decisive personal power
28. Personal Monarchy: Wilhelm II at the summit of power
29. The Kaiser, art and architecture
30. The challenge: from continental policy to Weltpolitik
31. The Kaiser and England
32. Wilhelm and the birth of the German battle fleet
33. 'Young Germany, your Kaiser!' or what was wrong with Wilhelm II?
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