Kaiser Wilhelm II is one of the key figures in the history of twentieth-century Europe: King of Prussia and German Emperor from 1888 to the collapse of Germany in 1918 and a crucial player in the events that led to the outbreak of World War I. Following Kaiser Wilhelm's political career from his youth at the Hohenzollern court through the turbulent peacetime decades of the Wilhelmine era into global war and exile, the book presents a new interpretation of this controversial monarch and assesses the impact on Germany of his forty-year reign.
1. Childhood and youth 2. Taking Power 3. Going it alone 4. Domestic politics from Bulow to Bethmann 5. Wilhelm II and foreign policy, 1888-1911 6. Power and publicity 7. From crisis to war: 1909-1914 8. War, exile, death: 1914-1941 9. Conclusion