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Wilhelm II
The Kaiser's Personal Monarchy, 1888–1900


  • Date Published: March 2017
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  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107565951
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  • Kaiser Wilhelm II (1859–1941) ruled Imperial Germany from his accession in 1888 to his enforced abdication in 1918 at the end of the First World War. This book, based on a wealth of previously unpublished archival material, provides the most detailed account ever written of the first half of his reign. Following on from the author's highly acclaimed Young Wilhelm (1998), the volume demonstrates the monarch's dynastic arrogance and the wounding abuse he showered on his own people as, step by step, he built up his personal power. His thirst for glory, his overweening nationalism and militarism, and his passion for the navy provided the impetus for a breathtaking long-term goal: the transformation of the German Reich into the foremost power in the world. Soon the predictable consequences - constitutional crisis at home and diplomatic isolation abroad - began to make their alarming appearance.

    • 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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    Review of the hardback: '… his scholarship is profound and beyond reproach. This biography of the last German Kaiser is a monument not only to its mercurial subject, but also to a highly distinctive academic career.' The Times Literary Supplement

    Review of the hardback: 'This biography is definitive by being exhaustive. … This is a wonderful example of scholarship and hard work'. Contemporary Reviews

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    26th Apr 2019 by Venator

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    Product details

    • Date Published: March 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: In stock
  • 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?
    List of archival sources
    Select bibliography

  • Author

    John C. G. Röhl, University of Sussex
    John C. G. Röhl is Emeritus Professor of History at the University of Sussex. His many previous publications include The Kaiser and his Court (1994) which was awarded the Wolfson History Prize as well as the two other volumes of his biography of Kaiser Wilhelm II – Young Wilhelm: The Kaiser's Early Life, 1859–1888 (Cambridge, 1998) and Wilhelm II: Into the Abyss of War and Exile, 1900–1941 (Cambridge, 2014).


    Sheila de Bellaigue

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