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No Frederick The Great

Eric Dorn Brose

in The Kaiser's Army

Published in print November 2001 | ISBN: 9780195143355
Published online January 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780199872015 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195143355.003.0007
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This chapter explores William II's views on technology and tactics. Kaiser William II was a bundle of psychological contradictions. He wanted to personify the image of a heroic, all-conquering warlord who would lead Germany to greatness and glory in modern times. But like his waxed mustache, however, William was artificially held in place. William suffered from a narcissistic disorder that psychologists refer to as self-pathology, characterized by an emptiness and lack of cohesion at the centre of the emperor's psyche. Germany's last kaiser was an insufferable know-it-all who believed that he was always right. In reality, he tended to absorb the views of those around him with all the attendant contradictions and inconsistencies.

Keywords: William II; Kaiser; king; German Army; Germany

Chapter.  10634 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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