Kaiser Wilhelm II New Interpretations: The Corfu Papers

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John C. G. Rohl, John C. G. Röhl, Nicolaus Sombart
Cambridge University Press, Sep 15, 2005 - Biography & Autobiography - 336 pages
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Kaiser Wilhelm II (1859-1941) is one of the most fascinating figures in European history. Inheriting the 'mightiest throne on earth' in 1888, he played a central part in fashioning the policies which culminated in the catastrophe of 1914-18, the collapse of the Reich, and his own abdication. To an extraordinary extent he was also representative of his epoch: brilliant, bizarre, aggressive, insecure. Yet German historians have virtually ignored him. They have written the history of the Kaiserreich without the Kaiser, of Wilhelminism without Wilhelm, leaving the field to the amateurs. Recently, the conviction has been growing, in Germany as well as in American and Great Britain, that the huge advances achieved in the social and economic history of Imperial Germany must now be complemented by deeper research into the Kaiser's character, his role in decision-making, and his relationship to the social and cultural values of his era. In September 1979, a dozen historians met in the Kaiser's palace on Corfu to discuss these questions: this book contains their findings.
  

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Contents

Introduction
1
a character sketch of Kaiser
23
an inquiry into
63
Kaiser Wilhelm II and
91
the state visit to Windsor
121
reflexions on Wilhelm
143
Kaiser Wilhelm II in the context of his military and naval
169
Kaiser Wilhelm II and the Liebenberg Circle
193
Kaiser Wilhelm II and Chancellor
221
Biilow and the Reichstag 19081909
249
German attitudes to Kaiser Wilhelm II
269
some reflexions on Wilhelmine
287
Index
313
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John C. G. Rohl 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 previous volumes of his biography of Kaiser Wilhelm II Young Wilhelm: The Kaiser's Early Life, 1859 1888 (Cambridge University Press, 1998) and Wilhelm II: The Kaiser's Personal Monarchy, 1888 1900 (Cambridge University Press, 2004), which have won the Einhard Prize for the biography of a major European figure in 2012.

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