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Friedrich Wilhelm Viktor Albert. Ridder af Elefantordenen Carl Friedrich af Sachsen-Weimar-Eisenach. Victoria af Storbritannien As a teenager he was educated at Kassel at the Friedrichsgymnasium.
In January , Wilhelm finished high school and on his eighteenth birthday received as a present from his grandmother, Queen Victoria, the Order of the Garter.
After Kassel he spent four terms at the University of Bonn , studying law and politics. He became a member of the exclusive Corps Borussia Bonn. As a scion of the royal house of Hohenzollern , Wilhelm was exposed from an early age to the military society of the Prussian aristocracy.
This had a major impact on him and, in maturity, Wilhelm was seldom seen out of uniform. The hyper-masculine military culture of Prussia in this period did much to frame his political ideals and personal relationships.
Crown Prince Frederick was viewed by his son with a deeply-felt love and respect. Wilhelm also idolised his grandfather, Wilhelm I , and he was instrumental in later attempts to foster a cult of the first German Emperor as "Wilhelm the Great".
Wilhelm resisted attempts by his parents, especially his mother, to educate him in a spirit of British liberalism. When Wilhelm was nearing twenty-one the Emperor decided it was time his grandson should begin the military phase of his preparation for the throne.
Both sides of his family had suffered from mental illness, and this may explain his emotional instability. Bismarck planned to use the young prince as a weapon against his parents in order to retain his own political dominance.
Wilhelm thus developed a dysfunctional relationship with his parents, but especially with his English mother.
In an outburst in April , Wilhelm angrily implied that "an English doctor killed my father, and an English doctor crippled my arm — which is the fault of my mother", who allowed no German physicians to attend to herself or her immediate family.
As a young man, Wilhelm fell in love with one of his maternal first cousins, Princess Elisabeth of Hesse-Darmstadt.
She turned him down, and would, in time, marry into the Russian imperial family. The couple married on 27 February , and would remain married for forty years, until her death in In a period of ten years, between and , Augusta Victoria would bear Wilhelm seven children, six sons and a daughter.
Beginning in , Bismarck began advocating that Kaiser Wilhelm send his grandson on diplomatic missions, a privilege denied to the Crown Prince.
Petersburg to attend the coming of age ceremony of the sixteen-year-old Tsarevich Nicholas. In , also, thanks to Herbert von Bismarck , the son of the Chancellor, Prince Wilhelm began to be trained twice a week at the Foreign Ministry.
One privilege was denied to Prince Wilhelm: He was already suffering from an incurable throat cancer and spent all 99 days of his reign fighting the disease before dying.
On 15 June of that same year , his year-old son succeeded him as German Emperor and King of Prussia. Furthermore, the young Emperor had come to the throne determined to rule as well as reign, unlike his grandfather.
While the letter of the imperial constitution vested executive power in the emperor, Wilhelm I had been content to leave day-to-day administration to Bismarck.
Early conflicts between Wilhelm II and his chancellor soon poisoned the relationship between the two men. The final split between monarch and statesman occurred soon after an attempt by Bismarck to implement a far-reaching anti-Socialist law in early Bismarck told an aide, "That young man wants war with Russia, and would like to draw his sword straight away if he could.
I shall not be a party to it. His Kartell , the majority of the amalgamated Conservative Party and the National Liberal Party , favoured making the laws permanent, with one exception: The Kartell split over this issue and nothing was passed.
As the debate continued, Wilhelm became more and more interested in social problems, especially the treatment of mine workers who went on strike in Bismarck, feeling pressured and unappreciated by the young Emperor and undermined by his ambitious advisors, refused to sign a proclamation regarding the protection of workers along with Wilhelm, as was required by the German Constitution.
The final break came as Bismarck searched for a new parliamentary majority, with his Kartell voted from power due to the anti-Socialist bill fiasco.
Bismarck had sponsored landmark social security legislation, but by —90, he had become disillusioned with the attitude of workers.
In particular, he was opposed to wage increases, improving working conditions, and regulating labour relations. Moreover, the Kartell , the shifting political coalition that Bismarck had been able to forge since , had lost a working majority in the Reichstag.
At the opening of the Reichstag on 6 May , the Kaiser stated that the most pressing issue was the further enlargement of the bill concerning the protection of the labourer.
In foreign policy Bismarck had achieved a fragile balance of interests between Germany, France and Russia—peace was at hand and Bismarck tried to keep it that way despite growing popular sentiment against Britain regarding colonies and especially against Russia.
In appointing Caprivi and then Hohenlohe, Wilhelm was embarking upon what is known to history as "the New Course", in which he hoped to exert decisive influence in the government of the empire.
There is debate amongst historians as to the precise degree to which Wilhelm succeeded in implementing "personal rule" in this era, but what is clear is the very different dynamic which existed between the Crown and its chief political servant the Chancellor in the "Wilhelmine Era".
These chancellors were senior civil servants and not seasoned politician-statesmen like Bismarck. Wilhelm wanted to preclude the emergence of another Iron Chancellor, whom he ultimately detested as being "a boorish old killjoy" who had not permitted any minister to see the Emperor except in his presence, keeping a stranglehold on effective political power.
In the early twentieth century Wilhelm began to concentrate upon his real agenda; the creation of a German navy that would rival that of Britain and enable Germany to declare itself a world power.
Wilhelm enthusiastically promoted the arts and sciences, as well as public education and social welfare. He sponsored the Kaiser Wilhelm Society for the promotion of scientific research; it was funded by wealthy private donors and by the state and comprised a number of research institutes in both pure and applied sciences.
Wilhelm supported the modernisers as they tried to reform the Prussian system of secondary education, which was rigidly traditional, elitist, politically authoritarian, and unchanged by the progress in the natural sciences.
Wilhelm continued as Protector of the Order even after , as the position was in essence attached to the head of the House of Hohenzollern.
Thus, Thomas Nipperdey concludes he was:. Historian David Fromkin states that Wilhelm had a love-hate relationship with Britain.
From the outset, the half-German side of him was at war with the half-English side. He was wildly jealous of the British, wanting to be British, wanting to be better at being British than the British were, while at the same time hating them and resenting them because he never could be fully accepted by them.
William was not lacking in intelligence, but he did lack stability, disguising his deep insecurities by swagger and tough talk. He frequently fell into depressions and hysterics His actions, at home as well as abroad, lacked guidance, and therefore often bewildered or infuriated public opinion.
He was not so much concerned with gaining specific objectives, as had been the case with Bismarck, as with asserting his will.
This trait in the ruler of the leading Continental power was one of the main causes of the uneasiness prevailing in Europe at the turn-of-the-century.
He craved the acceptance of his grandmother, Queen Victoria, and of the rest of her family. Between and Wilhelm resented his uncle, himself a mere heir to the British throne, treating Wilhelm not as Emperor of Germany, but merely as another nephew.
In , Wilhelm hosted a lavish wedding in Berlin for his only daughter, Victoria Louise. On 2 December , Wilhelm wrote to Field Marshal August von Mackensen , denouncing his own abdication as the "deepest, most disgusting shame ever perpetrated by a person in history, the Germans have done to themselves Let no German ever forget this, nor rest until these parasites have been destroyed and exterminated from German soil!
I believe the best thing would be gas! German foreign policy under Wilhelm II was faced with a number of significant problems.
Perhaps the most apparent was that Wilhelm was an impatient man, subjective in his reactions and affected strongly by sentiment and impulse.
He was personally ill-equipped to steer German foreign policy along a rational course. It is now widely recognised that the various spectacular acts which Wilhelm undertook in the international sphere were often partially encouraged by the German foreign policy elite.
There were a number of notorious examples, such as the Kruger telegram of in which Wilhelm congratulated President Paul Kruger of the Transvaal Republic on the suppression of the British Jameson Raid , thus alienating British public opinion.
British public opinion had been quite favourable toward the Kaiser in his first twelve years on the throne, but it turned sour in the late s.
During the First World War , he became the central target of British anti-German propaganda and the personification of a hated enemy.
Wilhelm invented and spread fears of a yellow peril trying to interest other European rulers in the perils they faced by invading China; few other leaders paid attention.
Under Wilhelm, Germany invested in strengthening its colonies in Africa and the Pacific, but few became profitable and all were lost during the First World War.
A domestic triumph for Wilhelm was when his daughter Victoria Louise married the Duke of Brunswick in ; this helped heal the rift between the House of Hanover and the House of Hohenzollern , which followed the annexation of Hanover by Prussia in In his first visit to Constantinople in , Wilhelm secured the sale of German-made rifles to the Ottoman Army.
In the face of all the courtesies extended to us here, I feel that I must thank you, in my name as well as that of the Empress, for them, for the hearty reception given us in all the towns and cities we have touched, and particularly for the splendid welcome extended to us by this city of Damascus.
Deeply moved by this imposing spectacle, and likewise by the consciousness of standing on the spot where held sway one of the most chivalrous rulers of all times, the great Sultan Saladin, a knight sans peur et sans reproche, who often taught his adversaries the right conception of knighthood, I seize with joy the opportunity to render thanks, above all to the Sultan Abdul Hamid for his hospitality.
May the Sultan rest assured, and also the three hundred million Mohammedans scattered over the globe and revering in him their caliph, that the German Emperor will be and remain at all times their friend.
On 10 November, Wilhelm went to visit Baalbek before heading to Beirut to board his ship back home on 12 November. His third visit was on October 15, , as the guest of Sultan Mehmed V.
The Boxer rebellion , an anti-western uprising in China, was put down in by an international force of British, French, Russian, Italian, American, Japanese, and German troops.
The Germans, however, forfeited any prestige that they might have gained for their participation by arriving only after the British and Japanese forces had taken Peking , the site of the fiercest fighting.
There were two versions of the speech. The Foreign Office issued an edited version, making sure to omit one particularly incendiary paragraph that they regarded as diplomatically embarrassing.
Great overseas tasks have fallen to the new German Empire, tasks far greater than many of my countrymen expected. The German Empire has, by its very character, the obligation to assist its citizens if they are being set upon in foreign lands.
The tasks that the old Roman Empire of the German nation was unable to accomplish, the new German Empire is in a position to fulfill. The means that make this possible is our army.
It has been built up during thirty years of faithful, peaceful labor, following the principles of my blessed grandfather.
You, too, have received your training in accordance with these principles, and by putting them to the test before the enemy, you should see whether they have proved their worth in you.
Your comrades in the navy have already passed this test; they have shown that the principles of your training are sound, and I am also proud of the praise that your comrades have earned over there from foreign leaders.
It is up to you to emulate them. A great task awaits you: The Chinese have overturned the law of nations; they have mocked the sacredness of the envoy, the duties of hospitality in a way unheard of in world history.
It is all the more outrageous that this crime has been committed by a nation that takes pride in its ancient culture.
Show the old Prussian virtue. Present yourselves as Christians in the cheerful endurance of suffering. May honor and glory follow your banners and arms.
Give the whole world an example of manliness and discipline. You know full well that you are to fight against a cunning, brave, well-armed, and cruel enemy.
When you encounter him, know this: Prisoners will not be taken. Exercise your arms such that for a thousand years no Chinese will dare to look cross-eyed at a German.
Open the way to civilization once and for all! Now you may depart! Should you encounter the enemy, he will be defeated!
No quarter will be given! Prisoners will not be taken! Whoever falls into your hands is forfeited. Just as a thousand years ago the Huns under their King Attila made a name for themselves, one that even today makes them seem mighty in history and legend, may the name German be affirmed by you in such a way in China that no Chinese will ever again dare to look cross-eyed at a German.
He conferred with representatives of Sultan Abdelaziz of Morocco. The Kaiser declared he had come to support the sovereignty of the Sultan—a statement which amounted to a provocative challenge to French influence in Morocco.
The Sultan subsequently rejected a set of French-proposed governmental reforms and issued invitations to major world powers to a conference which would advise him on necessary reforms.
In his speech, he even made remarks in favour of Moroccan independence, and this led to friction with France, which had expanding colonial interests in Morocco, and to the Algeciras Conference , which served largely to further isolate Germany in Europe.
Wilhelm had seen the interview as an opportunity to promote his views and ideas on Anglo-German friendship, but due to his emotional outbursts during the course of the interview, he ended up further alienating not only the British, but also the French, Russians, and Japanese.
He implied, among other things, that the Germans cared nothing for the British; that the French and Russians had attempted to incite Germany to intervene in the Second Boer War ; and that the German naval buildup was targeted against the Japanese, not Britain.
One memorable quotation from the interview was, "You English are mad, mad, mad as March hares. He lost much of the influence he had previously exercised in domestic and foreign policy.
Nothing Wilhelm did in the international arena was of more influence than his decision to pursue a policy of massive naval construction. He once confided to his uncle, the Prince of Wales , that his dream was to have a "fleet of my own some day".
Wilhelm was fortunate to be able to call on the services of the dynamic naval officer Alfred von Tirpitz , whom he appointed to the head of the Imperial Naval Office in The new admiral had conceived of what came to be known as the "Risk Theory" or the Tirpitz Plan , by which Germany could force Britain to accede to German demands in the international arena through the threat posed by a powerful battlefleet concentrated in the North Sea.
Naval expansion under the Fleet Acts eventually led to severe financial strains in Germany by , as by Wilhelm had committed his navy to construction of the much larger, more expensive dreadnought type of battleship.
In Wilhelm reorganised top level control of the navy by creating a Naval Cabinet Marine-Kabinett equivalent to the German Imperial Military Cabinet which had previously functioned in the same capacity for both the army and navy.
The Head of the Naval Cabinet was responsible for promotions, appointments, administration, and issuing orders to naval forces. Captain Gustav von Senden-Bibran was appointed as the first head and remained so until The existing Imperial admiralty was abolished, and its responsibilities divided between two organisations.
A new position was created, equivalent to the supreme commander of the army: Vice-Admiral Max von der Goltz was appointed in and remained in post until Construction and maintenance of ships and obtaining supplies was the responsibility of the State Secretary of the Imperial Navy Office Reichsmarineamt , responsible to the Imperial Chancellor and advising the Reichstag on naval matters.
Each of these three heads of department reported separately to Wilhelm. In addition to the expansion of the fleet, the Kiel Canal was opened in , enabling faster movements between the North Sea and the Baltic Sea.
Historians typically argue that Wilhelm was largely confined to ceremonial duties during the war--there were innumerable parades to review and honours to award.
Wilhelm was a friend of Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria , and he was deeply shocked by his assassination on 28 June Wilhelm offered to support Austria-Hungary in crushing the Black Hand , the secret organization that had plotted the killing, and even sanctioned the use of force by Austria against the perceived source of the movement— Serbia this is often called "the blank cheque".
He wanted to remain in Berlin until the crisis was resolved, but his courtiers persuaded him instead to go on his annual cruise of the North Sea on 6 July Wilhelm made erratic attempts to stay on top of the crisis via telegram, and when the Austro-Hungarian ultimatum was delivered to Serbia, he hurried back to Berlin.
He reached Berlin on 28 July, read a copy of the Serbian reply, and wrote on it:. A brilliant solution—and in barely 48 hours! This is more than could have been expected.
A great moral victory for Vienna; but with it every pretext for war falls to the ground, and [the Ambassador] Giesl had better have stayed quietly at Belgrade.
On this document, I should never have given orders for mobilisation. Unknown to the Emperor, Austro-Hungarian ministers and generals had already convinced the year-old Franz Joseph I of Austria to sign a declaration of war against Serbia.
As a direct consequence, Russia began a general mobilization to attack Austria in defense of Serbia. On the night of 30 July, when handed a document stating that Russia would not cancel its mobilization, Wilhelm wrote a lengthy commentary containing these observations:.
For I no longer have any doubt that England, Russia and France have agreed among themselves—knowing that our treaty obligations compel us to support Austria—to use the Austro-Serb conflict as a pretext for waging a war of annihilation against us Our dilemma over keeping faith with the old and honourable Emperor has been exploited to create a situation which gives England the excuse she has been seeking to annihilate us with a spurious appearance of justice on the pretext that she is helping France and maintaining the well-known Balance of Power in Europe, i.
More recent British authors state that Wilhelm II really declared, "Ruthlessness and weakness will start the most terrifying war of the world, whose purpose is to destroy Germany.
Because there can no longer be any doubts, England, France and Russia have conspired themselves together to fight an annihilation war against us".
When it became clear that Germany would experience a war on two fronts and that Britain would enter the war if Germany attacked France through neutral Belgium , the panic-stricken Wilhelm attempted to redirect the main attack against Russia.
When Helmuth von Moltke the younger who had chosen the old plan from , made by General von Schlieffen for the possibility of German war on two fronts told him that this was impossible, Wilhelm said: If my grandmother had been alive, she would never have allowed it.
The plan supposed that it would take a long time before Russia was ready for war. At the border between France and Germany, an attack at this more southern part of France could be stopped by the French fortress along the border.
However, Wilhelm II stopped any invasion of the Netherlands. The high command continued with its strategy even when it was clear that the Schlieffen plan had failed.
Nevertheless, Wilhelm still retained the ultimate authority in matters of political appointment, and it was only after his consent had been gained that major changes to the high command could be effected.
Wilhelm was in favour of the dismissal of Helmuth von Moltke the Younger in September and his replacement by Erich von Falkenhayn. In , Hindenburg and Ludendorff decided that Bethman-Hollweg was no longer acceptable to them as Chancellor and called upon the Kaiser to appoint somebody else.
When asked whom they would accept, Ludendorff recommended Georg Michaelis , a nonentity whom he barely knew.
The Kaiser did not know Michaelis, but accepted the suggestion. Wilhelm was at the Imperial Army headquarters in Spa, Belgium , when the uprisings in Berlin and other centres took him by surprise in late Mutiny among the ranks of his beloved Kaiserliche Marine , the imperial navy, profoundly shocked him.
After the outbreak of the German Revolution , Wilhelm could not make up his mind whether or not to abdicate. Up to that point, he accepted that he would likely have to give up the imperial crown, but still hoped to retain the Prussian kingship.
However, this was impossible under the imperial constitution. While Wilhelm thought he ruled as emperor in a personal union with Prussia, the constitution actually tied the imperial crown to the Prussian crown, meaning that Wilhelm could not renounce one crown without renouncing the other.
Prince Max himself was forced to resign later the same day, when it became clear that only Friedrich Ebert , leader of the SPD , could effectively exert control.
The fact that the High Command might one day abandon the Kaiser had been foreseen in December , when Wilhelm had visited Otto von Bismarck for the last time.
Bismarck had again warned the Kaiser about the increasing influence of militarists, especially of the admirals who were pushing for the construction of a battle fleet.
Your Majesty, so long as you have this present officer corps, you can do as you please. But when this is no longer the case, it will be very different for you.
Jena came twenty years after the death of Frederick the Great ; the crash will come twenty years after my departure if things go on like this.
On 10 November, Wilhelm crossed the border by train and went into exile in the Netherlands, which had remained neutral throughout the war.
President Woodrow Wilson of the United States opposed extradition, arguing that prosecuting Wilhelm would destabilize international order and lose the peace.
Accepting the reality that he had lost both of his crowns for good, he gave up his rights to "the throne of Prussia and to the German Imperial throne connected therewith.
The Weimar Republic allowed Wilhelm to remove twenty-three railway wagons of furniture, twenty-seven containing packages of all sorts, one bearing a car and another a boat, from the New Palace at Potsdam.
In , Wilhelm published the first volume of his memoirs  —a very slim volume that insisted he was not guilty of initiating the Great War, and defended his conduct throughout his reign, especially in matters of foreign policy.
For the remaining twenty years of his life, he entertained guests often of some standing and kept himself updated on events in Europe. He grew a beard and allowed his famous moustache to droop.
He also learned the Dutch language. Wilhelm developed a penchant for archaeology while residing at the Corfu Achilleion , excavating at the site of the Temple of Artemis in Corfu , a passion he retained in his exile.
He had bought the former Greek residence of Empress Elisabeth after her murder in He also sketched plans for grand buildings and battleships when he was bored.
Much of his time was spent chopping wood and thousands of trees were chopped down during his stay at Doorn. In the early s, Wilhelm apparently hoped that the successes of the German Nazi Party would stimulate interest in a restoration of the monarchy, with his eldest grandson as the fourth Kaiser.
Hearing of the murder of the wife of former Chancellor Schleicher , he said "We have ceased to live under the rule of law and everyone must be prepared for the possibility that the Nazis will push their way in and put them up against the wall!
He had the nerve to say that he agreed with the Jewish pogroms and understood why they had come about. When I told him that any decent man would describe these actions as gangsterisms, he appeared totally indifferent.
He is completely lost to our family". A nation is created by families, a religion, traditions: For a few months I was inclined to believe in National Socialism.
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Crown Prince Wilhelm became Head of the House of Hohenzollern on 4 June following the death of his father and held the position until his own death on 20 July When he was born, his great-grandfather, Kaiser Wilhelm I , was the emperor and his grandfather, Crown Prince Frederick , was heir to the throne, making Wilhelm third in line to the throne.
Before Wilhelm was born, his grandmother had expected to be asked to help find a nurse, but since her son did everything he could to snub her, the future Wilhelm II asked his aunt Helena to help.
Wilhelm had been active in pushing German expansion, and sought a leading role on the outbreak of war. Despite being only thirty-two and having never commanded a unit larger than a regiment, the German Crown Prince was named commander of the 5th Army in August , shortly after the outbreak of World War I.
In October Wilhelm gave his first interview to a foreign correspondent and the first statement to the press made by a German noble since the outbreak of war.
It is a war not wanted by Germany, I can assure you, but it was forced on us, and the fact that we were so effectually prepared to defend ourselves is now being used as an argument to convince the world that we desired conflict.
In his troops began the Verdun Offensive , a year long effort to destroy the French armies that would end in failure. On 13 November, the former Crown Prince went into exile and was interned on the island of Wieringen now part of the mainland , near Den Helder in the Netherlands.
In the fall of , Gustav Stresemann visited Wilhelm and the Crown Prince voiced his interest in returning to Germany, even as a private citizen.
After Stresemann became chancellor in August , Wilhelm was allowed to return after giving assurances that he would no longer engage in politics.
He chose 9 November for this, which infuriated his father, who had not been informed about the plans of his son and who felt the historic date to be inappropriate.
In June , a referendum on expropriating the former ruling Princes of Germany without compensation failed and as a consequence, the financial situation of the Hohenzollern family improved considerably.
A settlement between the state and the family made Cecilienhof property of the state but granted a right of residence to Wilhelm and Cecilie.
This was limited in duration to three generations. Wilhelm broke the promise he had made to Stresemann to stay out of politics. Adolf Hitler visited Wilhelm at Cecilienhof three times, in , in on the "Day of Potsdam" and in Wilhelm joined the Stahlhelm which merged in into the Harzburg Front , a right-wing organisation of those opposed to the democratic republic.
After the murder of his friend Kurt von Schleicher , the former Chancellor, in the Night of the Long Knives , he withdrew from all political activities.
When Wilhelm realized that Hitler had no intention of restoring the monarchy, their relationship cooled.
He was approached by those in the military and the diplomatic service who wanted to replace Hitler, but Wilhelm turned them down.
After the ill-fated assassination attempt on 20 July , Hitler nevertheless had Wilhelm placed under supervision by the Gestapo and had his home at Cecilienhof watched.
In January , Wilhelm left Potsdam for Oberstdorf for a treatment of his gall and liver problems. His wife Cecilie fled in early February as the Red Army drew closer to Berlin, but they had been living apart for a long time.
Wilhelm and his wife are buried at Hohenzollern Castle. However, during the early stages of his marriage the crown prince had a brief affair with the American opera singer Geraldine Farrar , and he later had a relationship with the dancer Mata Hari.
As descendants of Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom through her eldest daughter Victoria, Princess Royal , their surviving descendants are in the line of succession to the British throne.
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William, having encouraged the Austrians to adopt an uncompromising line, took fright when he found war impending but was not able to halt the implementation of the mobilization measures that he had allowed his generals to prepare.
During the war, although nominally supreme commander, William did not attempt to resist his generals when they kept its conduct in their own hands.
He encouraged, instead of challenging, the grandiose war aims of the generals and of many politicians that ruled out all chance of a compromise peace.
By the autumn of he realized that Germany had lost the war but not that this had made the loss of his throne inevitable. Refusing to abdicate , his hand was finally forced on November 9, when he was persuaded to seek asylum in the Netherlands.
He avoided captivity and perhaps death, but asylum also made it impossible for William to retain his position of emperor of Germany.
Subsequently he lived quietly as a country gentleman in the Netherlands until his death in William often bombastically claimed to be the man who made the decisions.
It is true that the German constitution of put two important powers in his hands. First, he was responsible for appointing and dismissing the chancellor, the head of the civil government.
The chancellor needed the support of the Reichstag to pass legislation but not to remain in office. Secondly, the German army and navy were not responsible to the civil government, so that the kaiser was the only person in Germany who was in a position to see that the policy followed by the soldiers and sailors was in line with that pursued by the civil servants and diplomats.
Thus, British journalists and publicists had some justification when during and immediately after the war they portrayed William as Supreme War Lord, and therefore the man who, more than anyone else, decided to make war.
As time passed, historians increasingly viewed William more as an accomplice rather than an instigator. The chief real criticism to be made of the kaiser is that, instead of seeing this danger and using his influence to restrain German appetites, he shared those appetites and indeed increased them, particularly by his determination to give Germany a navy of which it could be proud and by his frequently tactless and aggressive public statements.
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From to William II , with his politically astute naval adviser, Alfred von Tirpitz, sought to make Germany a global power. Nor did Germany build a navy simply to….
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