Shadow Emperor or initiator of events?

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Lord Gort
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Shadow Emperor or initiator of events?

Post by Lord Gort » 01 Jan 2003 19:18

Currently doing History A- Level which is at the moment focusing on Wilhelm.

Was he a Shadow Emperor with little or no influence with small elite groups making the decisions in Germany or was he the main mover?

Help would be appreciated, their are lots of views and i currently do not ahve an opinion.

Gwynn Compton
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Post by Gwynn Compton » 02 Jan 2003 08:52

Within Germany, I feel that Wilhelm had passed the peak of his power having dismissed Bismarck, and taken control of the state for himself. By the time that war was looming, his power was being whittled away by the military establishment, and it's need for control in the event of war.

And as we all know, the General Staff essentially replaced the Kaiser during the war. It would have been interesting to see what would have happened to the Kaiser had Germany been victorious...


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