A Distant Thunder: Intimate Recollections of the Kaiser's Court

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New Chapter Press, 1992 - History - 324 pages
"English governess Anne Topham spent seven years (1902-1909)...in Germany as the tutor for Kaiser Wilhelm II's only daughter, Victoria Louise...Topham's memoirs are marvelous for their freshness: Topham was an excellent observer of court life...This is superb original source material for students & hence essential for academic libraries as well as large public libraries whose World War I collections frequently are limited to military & political accounts."--LIBRARY JOURNAL. "A graceful compilation...a vivid series of pictures of daily life in the Prussian Court...with ominous warnings of the approaching storm."--PUBLISHERS WEEKLY. "...A well-knit, highly informative, & always interesting account....Given Wilhelm's...overlarge army & ambitious new navy, the first excuse for war was seized upon. It is greatly to her credit that Topham clearly saw the clues -- & the emperor's lack of moral garb -- & wove them into a valuable addition to social & political history."--SMALL PRESS MAGAZINE.

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English governess Topham spent seven years of the first decade of this century in Germany as English tutor for Kaiser Wilhelm II's only daughter, Victoria Louise. Afterward, she wrote of her ... Read full review


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