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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 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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"Historian Carter (Anthony Blunt: His Lives) delivers an irresistibly entertaining and illuminating chronicle from Queen Victoria's final decades to the 1930s through linked biographies of the emperors of England (George V), Germany (Wilhelm II), and Russia (Nicholas II). Anachronisms presiding over courts that were 'stagnant ponds of tradition and conservatism,' the three possessed average intelligence and little imagination. All were unprepared for their jobs and didn't improve with on-the-job training. Most fortunate was George, who performed his purely symbolic royal role dutifully, avoided scandal, and, alone of the three, reigned until his death, in 1936. More colorful but also tactless and unpredictable, Wilhelm took the German throne in 1888, dismissed his long-serving, brilliant chancellor, Bismarck, and launched an erratic reign that contributed to the onset and loss of WWI. Czar Nicholas showed little interest in governing except to oppose reform. In the end, the most violent reformers, the Bolsheviks, murdered him and his family. Readers with fond memories of Robert Massie and Barbara Tuchman can expect similar pleasures in this witty, shrewd examination of the twilight of the great European monarchies. 32 pages of photos, 2 maps." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

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The years preceding World War I are probably best recalled by scholars and enthusiasts and considered very little, if at all, by the rest of the Western world. Award-winning author Carter, however, brings the era to life with her description of the three first cousins--King George V of Britain, Kaiser Wilhelm II of Germany, and Tsar Nicholas II of Russia. Their era saw the end of dynastic rule in Europe and the beginning of the most horrible war the world had yet experienced. The author uses the cousins' correspondence and other historical sources to tell the frequently tragicomic tale of the three men who ruled their countries as old-fashioned kingdoms in a world that never changed, and the disastrous results. Annotation ©2010 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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In the years before World War I, the great European powers were ruled by three first cousins: King George V, Kaiser Wilhelm II, and Tsar Nicholas II. Carter uses the cousins' correspondence and a host of historical sources to tell their tragicomic stories.

About the Author

Miranda Carter is the author of Anthony Blunt: His Lives, which won the Orwell Prize for political writing and the Royal Society of Literature W. H. Heinemann Award, and was chosen as one of The New York Times Book Reviews seven Best Books of 2002. She lives in London with her husband and two sons.

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Mary Picard, January 1, 2011 (view all comments by Mary Picard)
This book shows just how far the damage done in a dysfunctional family can reach! Written in a breezy, almost-tabloid style, I couldn't put it down. The interwoven stories center on the life stories of three men at the center of Queen Victoria's extended family. Their inability to properly take responsibility for their governments resulted in many tragedies, ultimately leading to the Great War and its continuation, World War II.
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This is an exceptional history book...very well organized and a quick read.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781400043637
Author:
Carter, Miranda
Publisher:
Knopf Publishing Group
Subject:
Royalty
Subject:
Europe - General
Subject:
Edward
Subject:
Great Britain - History - Edward VII, 1901-
Subject:
Military - World War I
Subject:
Biography-Royalty
Subject:
history;wwi;biography;germany;russia;non-fiction;europe;england;royalty;european history;war;britain;nicholas ii;george v;german history;bio
Copyright:
Publication Date:
20100331
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
32 PAGES OF PHOTOS; 2 MAPS
Pages:
528
Dimensions:
9.82x6.26x1.93 in. 2.14 lbs.

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Historian Carter (Anthony Blunt: His Lives) delivers an irresistibly entertaining and illuminating chronicle from Queen Victoria's final decades to the 1930s through linked biographies of the emperors of England (George V), Germany (Wilhelm II), and Russia (Nicholas II). Anachronisms presiding over courts that were 'stagnant ponds of tradition and conservatism,' the three possessed average intelligence and little imagination. All were unprepared for their jobs and didn't improve with on-the-job training. Most fortunate was George, who performed his purely symbolic royal role dutifully, avoided scandal, and, alone of the three, reigned until his death, in 1936. More colorful but also tactless and unpredictable, Wilhelm took the German throne in 1888, dismissed his long-serving, brilliant chancellor, Bismarck, and launched an erratic reign that contributed to the onset and loss of WWI. Czar Nicholas showed little interest in governing except to oppose reform. In the end, the most violent reformers, the Bolsheviks, murdered him and his family. Readers with fond memories of Robert Massie and Barbara Tuchman can expect similar pleasures in this witty, shrewd examination of the twilight of the great European monarchies. 32 pages of photos, 2 maps." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by , In the years before World War I, the great European powers were ruled by three first cousins: King George V, Kaiser Wilhelm II, and Tsar Nicholas II. Carter uses the cousins' correspondence and a host of historical sources to tell their tragicomic stories.
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