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Lichnowsky, Prince Karl Max
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Lichnowsky, Prince Karl Max

(March 8, 1860, Kreuzenort [near Ratibor, Upper Silesia] – February 27, 1928, Berlin), German diplomat. In some ways Lichnowsky was a typical representative of the Imperial German diplomatic class, which consisted overwhelmingly of members of the nobility. Nevertheless, Lichnowsky was an independent and shrewd individual. Wilhelm II appointed him ambassador to London in the autumn of 1912, against the objections of the German Foreign Ministry.

The Kaiser’s hope that the appointment of an Anglophile as his representative might ensure Br…

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Wüstenmeyer, Manfred, “Lichnowsky, Prince Karl Max”, in: Brill’s Digital Library of World War I. Consulted online on 30 January 2023 <>
First published online: 2015

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