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Young Wilhelm: The Kaiser's Early Life, 1859-1888


Young Wilhelm: The Kaiser's Early Life, 1859-1888

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    John C. G. Röhl(Author)
This rich and compelling volume describes the life of Kaiser Wilhelm II from his birth in 1859 to his accession to the Prusso-German throne in 1888, a story so extraordinary that it will fascinate anyone interested in the psychology and the throng of personalities of the period. Its aim is to set the characters on the stage and let them speak for themselves, which in their letters and diaries the Victorians and Wilhelminians did with quite extraordinary clarity and persuasive power. The central theme is the bitter conflict between the handicapped Prince and his liberal parents, and in particular with his mother, the eldest child of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, and the utter failure of a daring educational experiment intended to turn the young Prince into a liberal Anglophile.

Review of the hardback: 'It is a masterpiece … enthrallingly readable.' Niall Ferguson, The Sunday TimesReview of the hardback: 'Röhl's biography is a stunning achievement by any yardstick, a definitive work which breaks new ground.' The Times Higher Education SupplementReview of the hardback: '… the definitive biography of Germany's last Emperor. No other scholar has Röhl's command of the sources or his deep commitment to understanding Wilhelm's place in history'. James J. Sheehan, The Times Literary SupplementReview of the hardback: '… a masterpiece … shows just how compelling and how readable academic history can be.' Charlotte Zeepvat, Royalty DigestReview of the hardback: '… Röhl tells a morbidly fascinating story will skill and impeccable scholarship.' The Court HistorianReview of the hardback: 'The morbid charm of Europe's high nobility has evidently cast its spell over the author. Not only their love affairs but also their illnesses exert a quite irresistible attraction … His account of the Crown Prince's fatal illness of cancer of the larynx, which dominates the last 200 pages of the book … must be the most exact medical record ever written by a historian.' Volker Ulrich, Die ZeitReview of the hardback: 'It is unlikely that another biography of Wilhelm II will ever surpass the level of detail or the depth of archival knowledge Röhl has achieved.'Isabel V. Hull, Journal of Modern History

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  • PDF | 998 pages
  • John C. G. Röhl(Author)
  • Cambridge University Press; Reprint edition (30 Mar. 2017)
  • English
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  • Biography
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