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Wilhelm II, German Kaiser
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Wilhelm II, German Kaiser

( January 27, 1859, Berlin – June 4, 1941, Doorn, Netherlands), German Kaiser and King of Prussia. Kaiser Wilhelm was characterized by Germany’s enemies during the First World War as an aggressive warmonger, the personification of the German lust for conquest. Not only among the Allied populace, showered as it was with bloodthirsty caricatures and poisonous propaganda, but also in well-informed government circles (not least in the White House), the war was seen simply as “the Kaiser’s war” – a war that could be brought to a conclusion only by Wilhelm’s…

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C.G. Röhl, John, “Wilhelm II, German Kaiser”, in: Brill’s Digital Library of World War I. Consulted online on 26 March 2023 <>
First published online: 2015

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