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George, Nicholas and Wilhelm: Three Royal Cousins and the Road to World War I - Miranda Carter
George, Nicholas and Wilhelm: Three Royal Cousins and the Road to World War I
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In the years before the First World War, the great European powers were ruled by three first cousins: King George V of Britain, Kaiser Wilhelm II of Germany and Tsar Nicholas II of Russia. Together, they presided over the last years of dynastic Europe and the outbreak of the most destructive war... show more
In the years before the First World War, the great European powers were ruled by three first cousins: King George V of Britain, Kaiser Wilhelm II of Germany and Tsar Nicholas II of Russia. Together, they presided over the last years of dynastic Europe and the outbreak of the most destructive war the world had ever seen, a war that set twentieth-century Europe on course to be the most violent continent in the history of the world.Miranda Carter uses the cousins’ correspondence and a host of historical sources to tell the tragicomic story of a tiny, glittering, solipsistic world that was often preposterously out of kilter with its times, struggling to stay in command of politics and world events as history overtook it. George, Nicholas and Wilhelm is a brilliant and sometimes darkly hilarious portrait of these men—damaged, egotistical Wilhelm; quiet, stubborn Nicholas; and anxious, dutiful George—and their lives, foibles and obsessions, from tantrums to uniforms to stamp collecting. It is also alive with fresh, subtle portraits of other familiar figures: Queen Victoria—grandmother to two of them, grandmother-in-law to the third—whose conservatism and bullying obsession with family left a dangerous legacy; and Edward VII, the playboy “arch-vulgarian” who turned out to have a remarkable gift for international relations and the theatrics of mass politics. At the same time, Carter weaves through their stories a riveting account of the events that led to World War I, showing how the personal and the political interacted, sometimes to devastating effect.For all three men the war would be a disaster that destroyed forever the illusion of their close family relationships, with any sense of peace and harmony shattered in a final coda of murder, betrayal and abdication.
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Format: hardcover
ISBN: 9781400043637 (1400043638)
Publisher: Knopf
Pages no: 528
Edition language: English
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4.5 Review of George, Nicholas, and Wilhelm by Miranda Carter
This is a 4.5 stars read. I really enjoyed this book! It is a biographical look at George V of England (also his father Edward and grandmother Victoria), Nicholas II of Russia, and Wilhelm II of Germany. The book basically looks at all three people from birth to death, with the obvious focus being o...
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5.0 The Three Emperors: Three Cousins, Three Empires And The Road To World War One by Miranda Carter
ookshelves: published-2009, nonfiction, fraudio, history, wwi, spring-2010, hardback, one-penny-wonder Read from May 09 to 16, 2010 George, Nicholas and WilhelmThree Royal Cousins and the Road to World War IEdition: Unabridgedby Miranda Carter Rosalyn Landorblurb - A story of the self-delusion ...
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5.0 George, Nicholas and Wilhelm: Three Royal Cousins and the Road to World War I
Before World War I the belief that monarchs ruled by divine right was alive and well in Europe—at least among the monarchs themselves. George, Nicolas and Wilhelm were cousins who reigned in Britain, Russia and Germany during the years leading up to the war. By the end of the war Tsar Nicolas and ...
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George, Nicholas and WilhelmThree Royal Cousins and the Road to World War IEdition: Unabridgedby Miranda Carter Rosalyn Landorblurb - A story of the self-delusion of royalty: three monarchs who were also three first cousins--Wilhelm II, the last kaiser of Germany; George V of Britain; and Nicholas I...
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OK, I haven't read this book -- I will -- but I was pissed after reading a review. Here's part of a review that demonstrates why I often hate reviews in the NY Times Book Review. Last two paragraphs: “George, Nicholas and Wilhelm” is an impressive book. Ms. Carter has clearly not bitten off more th...
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