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The End of the German Monarchy: The Decline and Fall of the Hohenzollerns Kindle Edition
About the Author
- ASIN : B077687S1T
- Publisher : Fonthill Media (November 3, 2017)
- Publication date : November 3, 2017
- Language : English
- File size : 20128 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 319 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #658,897 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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The book is dominated by William II. This bizarre figure who had a love-hate relationship with England and his English relatives did not as the author points out actually precipitate the Great War. However, his bellicosity and encouragement of the military in Germany created the atmosphere in which a major European war could be precipitated by any incident. So it took the assassination of the Austrian Archduke, Franz Ferdinand, at Sarajevo to provide an excuse for war since Austria and Germany were allies.
The author also provides a brief account of the somewhat tragic figures of Emperor Frederick III and his wife the Empress Victoria, who was Queen Victoria’s eldest daughter. This couple with their liberal leanings waited in the wings for years but Frederick’s father, William I, lived on into his nineties and died only a few months before his son. Frederick, who was a heavy smoker, had fatal laryngeal carcinoma that led to his premature death a few months after he assumed the throne.
The author traces Emperor William II into his exile at Huis Doorn in Holland after the German Revolution at the end of the Great War. “Kaiser Bill” did a lot better than most of the other European monarchs who lost their thrones and in some cases even their lives after the war. He had a pleasant if somewhat embittered existence in Holland for many years after his abdication. He and his sons flirted with the Nazis. I did not think I would ever agree with Hitler on any subject, but I do share Hitler’s contempt for William II and his wayward sons.
The author also describes the children of William II – six sons and one daughter. The sons were a mediocre group indeed and it is difficult to distinguish them from one another in this book since they all undistinguished in every way. The lack of a genealogical table in this book is a serious deficiency and makes it difficult to identify the Emperor’s sons and their wives as well as the members of the minor German Grand Ducal and Royal houses that are often mentioned. However, the author does provide some interesting details about the William II’s first wife, the Empress Augusta. The illustrations are profuse and excellent.
In conclusion, this is an easy book to read and provides a good introduction to the three German emperors who reigned after German unification. However, it is somewhat lacking in detail and adds little new information on this already well-covered topic.