Author(s): John Van der Kiste
In 1871, after three victorious wars against several European nations, King William I of Prussia was proclaimed German Emperor at a grand ceremony in Versailles. By 1900, the empire rivalled Britain as the most powerful nation in Europe in economic and military terms, if not the world.
However, by the end of the First World War, the defeated Second Reich had fallen, and with it the ruling Hohenzollern dynasty, with its once-mighty figurehead, William II, an exile in Holland forbidden to enter his old country again. While his and his descendants’ chances of restoration to the throne were always slight, throughout the unsettled years of the Weimar republic, the Hitler era and the Second World War, a few members of the family and their most ardent supporters never entirely gave up hope.
The End of the German Monarchy: The Decline and Fall of the Hohenzollerns examines the rise and fall of the monarchy, the personalities of the emperors and empresses, their relationships with Prince Bismarck and the Imperial chancellors who followed him, and later the republican and Nazi leaders on whom their dreams of a second coming later depended.
|FORMAT||234 x 156 mm|
|PUBLICATION DATE||15 October 2017|
|ILLUSTRATIONS||89 black-and-white photographs|