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The Kaiser and his court

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This book analyses the extraordinary personality of Kaiser Wilhelm II, his anti-semitism, the nature of his rule, and the neo-absolutist culture of Berlin court society. Kaiser 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.

Reprinted in 1997

Item details

Author(s):
Rohl, John C G
Condition:
Fine
Edition:
Reprint 1997
Format:
Paperback
ISBN-10:
0521565049
ISBN-13:
9780521565042
Number of pages:
275
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Title:
The Kaiser and his court - Wilhelm II and the government of Germany

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This book analyses the extraordinary personality of Kaiser Wilhelm II, his anti-semitism, the nature of his rule, and the neo-absolutist culture of Berlin court society. Kaiser 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.

Reprinted in 1997

Author(s):
Rohl, John C G
Condition:
Fine
Edition:
Reprint 1997
Format:
Paperback
ISBN-10:
0521565049
ISBN-13:
9780521565042
Number of pages:
275
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Title:
The Kaiser and his court - Wilhelm II and the government of Germany

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