Wilhelm II: Into the Abyss of War and Exile, 1900–1941

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Cambridge University Press, Feb 6, 2014 - Biography & Autobiography - 1562 pages
This final volume of John C. G. Röhl's acclaimed biography of Kaiser Wilhelm II reveals the Kaiser's central role in the origins of the First World War. The book examines the Wilhelm's part in the Boer War, the Russo-Japanese War, the naval arms race with Britain and Germany's rivalry with the United States as well as in the crises over Morocco, Bosnia and Agadir. It also sheds new light on the public scandals which accompanied his reign from the allegations of homosexuality made against his intimate friends to the Daily Telegraph affair. Above all, John Röhl scrutinises the mounting tension between Germany and Britain and the increasing pressure the Kaiser exerted on his Austro-Hungarian ally from 1912 onwards to resolve the Serbian problem. Following Germany's defeat and Wilhelm's enforced abdication, he charts the Kaiser's bitter experience of exile in Holland and his frustrated hopes that Hitler would restore him to the throne..
 

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Contents

Death and transfiguration
1
The Kaiser and England during the Boer War
18
I am the balance of power in Europe Wilhelm between Britain Russia and France
48
The Boxer Rebellion and the Baghdad railway
73
Wilhelm II and Bulows Chancellorship
96
Wilhelm II and the Germans 1900 to 1904
127
We two make history and destiny is in our hands Kaiser and Tsar on the eve of the RussoJapanese War
163
the Kaiser the King and public opinion
190
from Bulow to Bethmann Hollweg
729
Wilhelm and the direction of foreign policy under Bethmann Hollweg
749
The King is dead or new hopes of an agreement with England
769
the leap of the Panther 794
794
The enemy identified The acceleration of the naval race and the growing menace of war 814
814
Already leader of the United States of Europe? Wilhelm and the debacle of the Haldane mission
838
the strategic switch from west to east 874
874
the unresolved problem of Britains neutrality
899

The Kaiser and America
212
Edward VII and the encirclement of Germany
245
the RussoJapanese War and its consequences
263
Operational plans for a war in western Europe
294
Paris must get one in the eye from us one day The Kaiser and the first Morocco crisis
329
A turningpoint in the history of Europe or the fiasco of Bjorko
354
Balance of power or hegemony? The AngloGerman conflict and the quarrel with King Edward
381
Humiliation in Algeciras
418
caught in the web of the Entente
437
Germanys Dreadnought Leap The Kaiser and his navy
464
The zenith of Personal Monarchy The Kaiser and the government on the eve of the great crisis
498
Kings are only human after all Scandals at the Hohenzollern court
522
Prince Eulenburgs downfall The campaign against the Liebenberg Camarilla
545
The Kaisers visit to Windsor and Highcliffe November to December 1907
581
The hot summer of 1908 On the verge of war with Britain
605
24 Our Kaiser and his People The crisis of Wilhelms Personal Monarchy
644
Nemesis Wilhelm II and the Daily Telegraph affair
662
Upheaval in the Balkans Kaiser Wilhelm and the Bosnian annexation crisis of 1908 to 1909
696
Berlin has warned us off again The postponed racial war against Slavdom
917
Kaiser and Reich Wilhelms Personal Monarchy on the eve of war
954
With head held high and hand on swordhilt Preparations for war 1913 to 1914
980
the decisionforwar
1008
The Kaisers last Norwegian cruise
1029
the fear of Britains involvement
1046
the outbreak of war
1084
The Supreme War Lord in the First World War
1108
The Kaisers war aims
1135
Downfall The collapse ofthe Hohenzollern Monarchy
1164
The unicorn in winter A new life in exile
1188
Blood must flow much blood The Kaiser and the swinish Weimar Republic
1214
Monarch by the grace of Hitler? Wilhelm II and the Third Reich
1240
Notes
1268
Archival sources
1474
Bibliography
1478
Index
1503
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John C. G. Röhl 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, 1998) and Wilhelm II: The Kaiser's Personal Monarchy, 1888-1900 (Cambridge, 2004), which have won the Einhard Prize for the biography of a major European figure in 2012.

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