BOOK – THE GERMAN EMPEROR AS SHOWN IN HIS PUBLIC UTTERANCES BY CHRISTIAN GAUSS.
This is a consignment item. The hardbacked book was published in 1915 by a Princeton University professor. It was published very early in WW I as an attempt to educate and/or create propaganda. [You, the reader, will need to decide which is which]! The book covers Kaiser Wilhelm II’s speeches from 1889 into early 1914. The last speech, in June 1914, was at Hamburg and echoes the famous quote made by the Iron Chancellor, Otto von Bismarck, at the Reichstag on 6 February 1888: “We Germans fear God, but nothing else in the world.” [At that time Wilhelm II was still a Prinz (not yet the Kronprinz), as Wilhelm I did not die until March 1888. Wilhelm’s father, Friedrich III then ruled Germany for a mere ninety nine days. Then, in June 1888, Wilhelm II took to Germany’s throne, the last of his line to do so]. Von Bismarck’s quote echoed forward through time until the German Empire fell in 1918.
The book contains more than 300 pages. Two images of Kaiser Wilhelm II, which measure 4 ½” x 7 ½,” appear at the book’s end. The book’s binding is in poor condition, so care should be taken when handling and/or reading it. It contains some great material and insight into Wilhelm II’s character.