R he argues that Wilhelm was not responsible or starting World War I a charge that has been laid at his April 16th: Virginia Tech Remembers feet A well written analysis Excellent and very much an appendage to The Iron Kingdom beautiful to see the manor what he truly was objectively a century after the tragedy of his life surreal The title of this would indicate a biography but it s much a narrative history and analysis of how the Wilhelmine political system unctioned The Kaiser was less in charge than the system and that in turn didn t really work very well Clark is an excellent historian and this is a very ine boo. Ecades of the Wilhelmine era into global war and exile the book presents a new interpretation of this controversial monarch and assesses the impact on Germany of his orty year rei.
Ot least of which was the army Wilhelm was certainly an incompetent monarch but the constitutional of the newly ormed German Empire would have put any monarch in a difficult position It placed both great responsibility and little real power in the hands of one man The Kaiser was not up to this challenge but it is doubtful that anyone else would have been Christopher Clark wrote a balanced and well researched book on the reign of Kaiser Wilhelm II Clark s view is that Wilhelm was weak disorganized and impetuous but not the militaristic warmonger he has been accused of being In particula. Player in the events that led to the outbreak of World War I Following Kaiser Wilhelm's political career rom his youth at the Hohenzollern court through the turbulent peacetime
Of all the books I have read about the First World War none have changed my mind about an aspect of it than this I used to buy into the popular idea of Kaiser Wilhelm II as an unstable militarist who was largely responsible or the First World War But as this book demonstrates the Kaiser was not much of a militarist He tried to be but was never at ease and the soldiers looked on him with contempt And as the war approached he was as often as not a moderating influence on German policy As Clark makes clear there were many individuals and institutions pushing Germany to war prior to 1914 Kaiser Wilhelm II is one of the key The Habitat Guide to Birding figures in the history of twentieth century Europe King of Prussia and German Emperorrom 1888 to the collapse of Germany in 1918 and a crucial.
Christopher Munro Chris Clark is an Australian historian working in EnglandHe was educated at Sydney Grammar School between 1972 and 1978 the University of Sydney where he studied History and between 1985 and 1987 the Freie Universität BerlinHe received his PhD at the University of Cambridge having been a member of Pembroke College Cambridge from 1987 to 1991 He is Professor in Modern Eur