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King, Kaiser, Tsar: Three Royal Cousins Who Led the World to War #2020

King Kaiser Tsar Three Royal Cousins Who Led the World to War The extraordinary family story of George V Wilhelm II and Nicholas II they were tied to one another by history and history would ultimately tear them apart Known among their families as Georgie Wi

  • Title: King, Kaiser, Tsar: Three Royal Cousins Who Led the World to War
  • Author: Catrine Clay
  • ISBN: 9780802716231
  • Page: 304
  • Format: Hardcover
  • King, Kaiser, Tsar: Three Royal Cousins Who Led the World to War By Catrine Clay, The extraordinary family story of George V, Wilhelm II, and Nicholas II they were tied to one another by history, and history would ultimately tear them apart.Known among their families as Georgie, Willy, and Nicky, they were, respectively, the royal cousins George V of England, Kaiser Wilhelm II of Germany, and Nicholas II of Russia the first two grandsons of Queen VictoThe extraordinary family story of George V, Wilhelm II, and Nicholas II they were tied to one another by history, and history would ultimately tear them apart.Known among their families as Georgie, Willy, and Nicky, they were, respectively, the royal cousins George V of England, Kaiser Wilhelm II of Germany, and Nicholas II of Russia the first two grandsons of Queen Victoria, the latter her grandson by marriage In 1914, on the eve of world war, they controlled the destiny of Europe and the fates of millions of their subjects The outcome and their personal endings are well known Nicky shot with his family by the Bolsheviks, Willy in exile in Holland, Georgie still atop his throne Largely untold, however, is the family saga that played such a pivotal role in bringing the world to the precipice.Drawing widely on previously unpublished royal letters and diaries, made public for the first time by Queen Elizabeth II, Catrine Clay chronicles the riveting half century of the royals overlapping lives, and their slow, inexorable march into conflict They met frequently from childhood, on holidays, and at weddings, birthdays, and each others coronations They saw themselves as royal colleagues, a trade union of kings, standing shoulder to shoulder against the rise of socialism, republicanism, and revolution And yet tensions abounded between them.Clay deftly reveals how intimate family details had deep historical significance the antipathy Willy s mother Victoria s daughter felt toward him because of his withered left arm, and how it affected him throughout his life the family tension caused by Otto von Bismarck s annexation of Schleswig and Holstein from Denmark Georgie s and Nicky s mothers were Danish princesses the surreality surrounding the impending conflict Have I gone mad Nicholas asked his wife, Alexandra, in July 1914, showing her another telegram from Wilhelm What on earth does Willy mean pretending that it still depends on me whether war is averted or not Germany had, in fact, declared war on Russia six hours earlier At every point in her remarkable book, Catrine Clay sheds new light on a watershed period in world history.

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    1. Review under constructionWell i am left not really sure how to evaluate this one guess it would help if i saw the documentary of the same tittle theme probably All my way through reading this, and believe when i say i have red a lot on the topic, i kept feeling like something here doesn t add, something is missing from in the rythm of the bookMs Clay does a good job of placing side by side the lives of the 3 cousins, their differences and similarities, their upbringing, and their views on the ri [...]

    2. This is an excellent book on King George V of England, Tsar Nicholas II of Russia and Wilhelm II of Germany and how their personal relationships affected the events leading up to World War I The author uses personal diaries and letters from all three leaders that were made public by Queen Elizabeth II.The family history of these three leaders is fascinating and complicated and would be a compelling read even without the fact that their family drama played out on the world stage Drawing on their [...]

    3. A solid joint biography, although near the end the author gets the chronology mixed up and even some of the characters It is a tale full of irony and tragedy Clay s book is an intimate family history of power, war, intrigue, and tragedy She tries to tell it chronologically, but I don t think this helped the story much She can also get a little repetitive.From reading the book, it seems all of these monarchs were way unfit to rule global empires, but, then again, many of their own bureaucrats wer [...]

    4. I expected this to be pop history and less History, but it was really enjoyable, just a little tough to get through when I wasn t in a thinking mood I also had a very hard time keeping track of all the members of all the royal families But it was an enjoyable read, well researched and thorough and utterly fascinating in the way it looked at how the personal relationships in the European monarchies led in large parts to World War I Worth a read if you re a European history of that era buff.

    5. I thoroughly enjoyed this book It brought together bits and pieces of history I knew about WWI and put everything together It was fascinating to see the interrelatedness of the royals across Europe I knew that existed but not to the extent that it did exist I really learned The author repeats herself which I found annoying, but that was probably in an effort to remind the reader of particular points In general, I found the book easy to read and follow.

    6. This book traces the lives of the three royal cousins who shared responsibility, to various degrees, for the horror that was WWI Excellent research and the availability of personal correspondence among the three provides the reader with an in depth profile of each King, Kaiser and Tsar George V of England Georgie was a simple and unassuming King who had no great intellect and was happier with his stamp collection and his family Tsar Nicholas Nicky was weak as water , dominated by his bitter and [...]

    7. Would you think that the cousins in charge would be able to prevent the Great War because they practically grew up together Would you think that cousin Willie Kaiser Wilhelm II of Germany would become Anglophile and a liberal because his mother was Queen Victoria s daughter and his father was a liberal He ended up hating England and he ended up being the most right wing imaginable before the advance of Hitler Another new news for me it looks like German behavior in the war was foreshadowing the [...]

    8. This is a decent joint biography of King George V, Kaiser Wilhelm II, and Tsar Nicholas three cousins who were all inextricably wrapped up in WWI There s lots of good information here, but the author doesn t clearly delineate who she s talking about sometimes, and it s easy to get confused amidst the plethora of Alixes, Williams, Victorias, etc Better editing would have helped this one, but the information presented is great I just had to read it very slowly to make sure I was following along pr [...]

    9. A good read about some of the European royalties who took part in World War I, and how that sparked the end of the monarchy in Russia and Germany.I cant help thinking that it was Wilhelm, always felt left out and a handicap, who was the antagonist Well, that s just my perspective.

    10. Lame book No cultural stuff or anything, just Queen Victoria bitching about how her children and grandchildren are being raised Lame.

    11. Wow, talk about a royal family This was such an interesting read for me I am amazed by the web of politics woven by this one family.

    12. A well researched, well written look at a period of history extensively covered in other works, King, Kaiser, Tsar is a story told through a tight frame of reference on the three, closely entwined, royal families of Great Britain, Germany and Russia The book covers the period from the birth of Kaiser William II in 1859 to the period just after World War One, with another twenty years tacked on in a few paragraphs to William s death in 1941 Momentous times in European history, of course.This is a [...]

    13. Having just finished reading Helen Rappaport s The Romanov Sisters and finding my desire to learn about Russian WWI era history wholly unsatisfied, I immediately turned to another book that had been resting, unread and ignored, upon my bookshelf for well over a year There were times I felt like a pro British bias glimmered through her otherwise astute, balanced, clear, discerning, and extensive analysis of the leaders and events precipitating World War I, but those flashes were minimal or, perha [...]

    14. I m 100 pages in and I ve already found 3 errors Is it that hard to fact check You can t play fast and loose with chronology here.

    15. An excellent book about royalty in Europe and the intermarriage of royal families and how if affected Europe leading up to World War I.

    16. In Catrine Clay s King, Kaiser, Tsar, she tells the story of the relationship between the three cousins, and the run up to World War I She skillfully interweaves the stories of the cousins, and gives them a fictional quality, as if the events never happened, it would make a great Shakespearean drama or tragedy The Kaiser Wilhelm is portrayed as a Richard III type, disfigured at birth, overindulged, and influenced by war hawks in Germany George V is portrayed as the progressive monarch who unders [...]

    17. 1CHave I gone mad 1D Nicholas asked his wife, Alexandra, in July 1914, showing her another telegram from Wilhelm 1CWhat on earth does Willy mean pretending that it still depends on me whether war is averted or not 1D Germany had, in fact, declared war on Russia six hours earlier With historical material like this the book is bound to be very informative and Queen Victoria had taken care to keep a family together with holidays in summers and every possible occasions, affections between cousins s [...]

    18. This book is essential to understand the motives of WWI beyond what is taught in basic history classrooms It is a comprehensive portrait of Europe s greatest pre war monarchies and the complex family structures of the ruling elite In the inner circles of European royalty, where everyone was related to everyone else, private and public were constantly confused Though it focused mainly on the three cousins who were ruling at the war s onset King George V of England, Tsar Nicholas II of Russia, and [...]

    19. Themes family, duty, royalty, loyalty, education, politics, religion, patriotism, jealousySetting Europe 1880s or so until 1919This book is about three European rulers who were all caught up in World War I But what makes it interesting is that the book focuses not on their politics, but on their relationships the three men were cousins, all descended from England s Queen Victoria George V of England, Tsar Nicholas of Russia, and Kaiser Wilhelm of Germany were roughly contemporaries and all knew [...]

    20. This is an absolutely fascinating look at the three royal cousins, George V of England, Wilhelm II of Germany and Nicholas II of Russia Georgie, Willy and Nicky told mostly through their letters to one another from their youth through the start of World War I While the war can t be completely pinned on just these three men, it is true that Wilhelm and Nicholas were absolute monarchs who bear the final responsibility for their actions and inactions Wilhelm is presented as a severely emotionally d [...]

    21. Another book in my ongoing efforts to educate myself about World War I King, Kaiser, Tsar is an account of the buildup to World War I and to some extent of the war itself through the lens of its leaders King George V of England, Kaiser Wilhelm II of Germany, and Tsar Nicholas II of Russia Who were all, by the way, cousins.Yeah.Clay argues, with some success, that the road to World War I was directly influenced by the personalities of the three cousins and the entire family s inability to get alo [...]

    22. Olvid por completo mencionar que hab a terminado este libro.No hay mucho que pueda decir, excepto que es una biograf a No es la mejor biograf a all afuera, definitivamente detalles de genealog a, tiempos y dem s quedaron un poco descuadrados considerando que es un libro peque o, hubo un tanto de decadencia en la informaci n, y muchos detalles ya antes expuestos.El libro en s , se enfoca m s en el primo Willy Kaiser Wilhelm y c mo su personalidad choc y toc de todas las malas formas a sus parient [...]

    23. For some reason, I was vaguely disappointed with this book.There are so many good things about it, though It is detailed, spends equal time or, importantly, what feels like equal time on each of the three subjects, and pulls from so many primary and secondary sources the Works Cited list could almost pass for a lengthy chapter of its own It sticks to its central purpose, which is to describe the relationship the tensions and affections, difficulties and celebrations among the three cousins, the [...]

    24. This book may have forever hooked me to European history I loved the complex family relationships of Victoria s grandchildren and how deeply intertwined they were with international politics I was fascinated by the pageantry of it all, how the different monarchs gave each other uniforms from their own military and awarded them different orders and honorary ranks how visits, wardrobe, and weddings influenced the political situation and how important ceremony and symbolism were.I have to admit tha [...]

    25. This is a good book, but not a wonderful one I ve been interested in Nicholas II ever since reading Massie s Nicholas Alexandra One of my main reasons for reading King, Kaiser, Tsar was to learn about how and why George V abandoned Nicholas his counsin and his family in Russia whereas he could have given them asylum But whereas Clay talks a lot about Wilhelm and all the details of his reign, and of course about George, she talks much less about the Russian cousin She hardly gives you a clue as [...]

    26. This book was pretty good I really enjoyed the first third or so about the childhood and background of the 3 rulers Some of the political stuff later really kind of bored me, especially about the Kaiser s entourage The foreshadowing of WWI on so many of the actions of the cousins was fun to see I personally am interested in the family dynamic than the political, so I wished there had been about George V s and Wilhelm II s family once they had their own Nickolas was covered since it contributed [...]

    27. This is a good book to read if you are a royalty buff or someone who has a fasination with World War One history In this case, the author looks at three men who either helped or hindered the countries they lived in before this War.I enjoyed the book, and it is a good addition my my bookcase However, I didn t like the feel of time jumps I got when reading this I was able to get passed this but it is something that bothered me at times Overall I did learn a lot of new information about this War, a [...]

    28. This was a fascinating read into the lives of the three men who controled about half the world at the start of World War I King George V of Great Britain, or Georgie , Kaiser Wilhelm II, or Willie and Tsar Nicolas II, or Nicky The stories of their upbringing are largely told through their letters and the letters of their royal relatives My predominate thought while reading this I am soooo glad I am a commoner The politics of the time are mind boggling, especially when you consider that most of t [...]

    29. So far I am really enjoying the book I m reading it via Kindle and I will say there are some typo errors in the digital copy, but they don t really hinder my reading My one critic is that the Author tends to jump around in time periods in the Lives of Georgie, Willy and Nicky It is sometimes difficult to know if we ve jumped ahead in time, or behind Also the chapters about each of the cousins tend to get very tangential I m reading about Nicky and all the sudden in between there is a 5 page tang [...]

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