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Brockdorff-Rantzau, Count Ulrich von
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Brockdorff-Rantzau, Count Ulrich von

(May 29, 1869, Schleswig – September, 8, 1928, Berlin), German diplomat. The first foreign minister of the Weimar Republic was descended from the ancient nobility of Holstein. After obtaining his doctorate in law Brockdorff-Rantzau chose to pursue a diplomatic career which took him from Brussels via Saint Petersburg to Vienna, where in 1901 he became embassy secretary, and the influential German ambassador Count Carl von Wedel was his mentor. It was also thanks t…

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Schwabe, Klaus, “Brockdorff-Rantzau, Count Ulrich von”, in: Brill’s Digital Library of World War I. Consulted online on 29 November 2023 <>
First published online: 2015

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