The Kaiser and His Court: Wilhelm II and the Government of Germany
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, at 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 antisemitism.
Kaiser Wilhelm II a suitable case for treatment?
Philipp Eulenburg the Kaisers best friend
The Kaisers court
The kingship nechanism in the kaiserreich
Higher civil servants in Wilhelmine Germany
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