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


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

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    John C. G. Röhl(Author) Sheila de Bellaigue(Author)
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 This book, based on a wealth of previously unpublished archival material, provides the most detailed account ever written of the first half of his reign.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.

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 SupplementReview 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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  • By A.N. Hackett on 7 April 2014

    John Rohl's three volume work on Kaiser Wilhelm is revealing, original and so well written that reading it is not only an education, but a tremendously enjoyable read. It makes not only the Kaiser, but the times in which he lived vividly spring to life. Anyone interested in the history of Germany or indeed, Europe should put these volumes on the top of their reading list.

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