Wilhelm II and the Germans: A Study in Leadership by Thomas A. Kohut

Wilhelm II and the Germans: A Study in Leadership

byThomas A. Kohut

Hardcover | April 30, 1999

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This book explores the personification inherent in the notion of "Wilhelmian Germany" by investigating the psychological dimension of Wilhelm II's leadership of the Germans. Despite his historical reputation, many Germans welcomed the Kaiser's leadership. The years between 1890 and 1914 wereknown as the Wilhelmian era in Germany, and even critics of Wilhelm II thought it somehow fitting that he should be the German emperor. The author argues that Wilhelm II's personal needs and the needs of Germans in an age of intense nationalism made him the symbol of the nation.

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Thomas A. Kohut is at Williams College.

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Title:Wilhelm II and the Germans: A Study in LeadershipFormat:HardcoverDimensions:352 pages, 9.57 × 6.38 × 1.3 inPublished:April 30, 1999Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0195061721

ISBN - 13:9780195061727

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'An impressive example of what a historian can do in investigating the mixture of unconscious pressures, private motives, and public postures that affect political decisions.'

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"Not a biography, nor a study of policy, both of which, as Kohut points out, are readily available elsewhere, it is a study in personality."--Journal of Interdisciplinary History