The End of the German Monarchy: The Decline and Fall of the Hohenzollerns
by John Van der Kiste
Hardcover: 208 pages
Publisher: Fonthill Media (November 21, 2017)
By the autumn of 1918 Germany was on the verge of starvation—the result of four years of war and blockade. Sailors led a revolt in Wilhelmshaven on 29 October 1918, followed by the Kiel mutiny in the first days of November cascading eventually to Germany’s capitulation and the Kaiser’s abdication. The Hohelzollern family’s rule had come to an end.
Royalty historian John Van der Kiste, the author of the recent best-selling ‘Prussian Princesses’ here provides a full analysis of the Kaiser’s family heritage, his leading part in the Prussian militarism which in recently unified German led to a full national martial tradition simply bursting for a fight. The book also tells of the vital events in later 1918 which led to the partial and then full abdication, and the Kaiser’s pitiful escape to the neutral Netherlands, unwilling hosts for a somewhat unwelcome visitor.
The Third Reich also comes into play with Hitler’s initial ambivalent attitude, and then the full floral tribute after the Kaiser’s death. It also covers the anti-Hitler plotters who intended to use a Hohenzollern Prince as a figurehead to provide legitimacy to a post-Hitler Germany.
Kaiser Wilhelm II was the eldest grandson of Queen Victoria, whose family ruled over Europe throughout the 1800s and early 1900s.
Kaiser Wilhelm II of Germany, cousin of The UK’s George V and Tsar Nicholas of Russia, had a strained relationship with his mother, Princess Victoria, Queen Victoria and Prince Albert’s oldest child. Because of this, the Kaiser’s uncle, Edward VII, despised him, and Wilhelm II grew to dislike all things British – apart from his grandmother Queen Victoria.
Come World War I the relatives stood on two sides of a global conflict.
By the end of 1918, and with millions dead and Europe in ruins, the Hohenzollerns rule of Germany had officially come to an end.
After the Kaiser’s abdication in 1918, both he and his family as fled to Doorn in the Netherlands.
His son, also called Wilhelm would later be seen cosying up to Adolf Hitler who dreamed of using the old Royal family to legitimise his Third Reich.
The Book The End of the German Monarchy: The Decline and Fall of the Hohenzollerns was our first introduction to the writer John Van der Kiste. Well heard of him, but there was no time to read his books. John Van der Kiste has written over sixty books, including titles on royal biographies covering the Stuart, Georgian and Hanoverian eras.
The book was easy to read, lot of information about the The Hohelzollern family, as also much political information.
If you are interested in the now non -reigning Monarchy, you should read this book.