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Wilhelm II, German Emperor Jesse Russell

Wilhelm II, German Emperor

Jesse Russell

Published June 17th 2012
ISBN : 9785511119540
Paperback
216 pages
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High Quality Content by WIKIPEDIA articles! Wilhelm II (German: Friedrich Wilhelm Viktor Albrecht von Preu en- English: Frederick William Victor Albert of Prussia) (27 January 1859 - 4 June 1941) was the last German Emperor (Kaiser) and King ofMoreHigh Quality Content by WIKIPEDIA articles! Wilhelm II (German: Friedrich Wilhelm Viktor Albrecht von Preu en- English: Frederick William Victor Albert of Prussia) (27 January 1859 - 4 June 1941) was the last German Emperor (Kaiser) and King of Prussia, ruling the German Empire and the Kingdom of Prussia from 15 June 1888 to 9 November 1918. He was a grandson of the British Queen Victoria and related to many monarchs and princes of Europe. Crowned in 1888, he dismissed the Chancellor, Prince Otto von Bismarck, in 1890 and launched Germany on a bellicose New Course in foreign affairs that culminated in his support for Austria-Hungary in the crisis of July 1914 that led to World War I. Bombastic and impetuous, he sometimes made tactless pronouncements on sensitive topics without consulting his ministers, and allowed his generals to dictate policy during World War I with little regard for the civilian government. An ineffective war leader, he lost the support of the army, abdicated in November 1918, and fled to exile in the Netherlands.