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Royal Heirs in Imperial Germany

The Future of Monarchy in Nineteenth-Century Bavaria, Saxony and Württemberg


Part of the Palgrave Studies in Modern Monarchy book series (PSMM)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Frank Lorenz Müller
    Pages 1-20
  3. Frank Lorenz Müller
    Pages 75-120
  4. Frank Lorenz Müller
    Pages 121-155
  5. Frank Lorenz Müller
    Pages 157-192
  6. Frank Lorenz Müller
    Pages 193-221
  7. Frank Lorenz Müller
    Pages 223-232
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 233-257

About this book


This book explores the development and viability of Germany’s sub-national monarchies in the decades before their sudden demise in 1918. It does so by focusing on the men who turned out to be the last ones to inherit the crowns of the country’s three smaller kingdoms: Prince Ludwig of Bavaria, Prince Friedrich August of Saxony and Prince Wilhelm of Württemberg. Imperial Germany was not a monolithic block, but a motley federation of more than twenty allied regional monarchies, headed by the Kaiser. When the German Reich became a republic at the end of the First World War, all of these kings, grand dukes, dukes and princes were swept away within a fortnight. By examining the lives, experiences and functions of these three men as heirs to the throne during the decades when they prepared themselves for their predestined role as king, this study investigates what the future of the German model of constitutional monarchy looked like before it was so abruptly discarded.


Imperial Germany Monarchy German Reich Bavaria Saxony Württemberg Succession Political Culture Politics of Memory Media

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.University of St AndrewsSt AndrewsUnited Kingdom

About the authors

Frank Lorenz Müller teaches Modern History at the University of St Andrews, UK. He works on nineteenth-century European history and specializes in the history of monarchy. In 2011 he published Our Fritz: Emperor Frederick III and the Political Culture of Imperial Germany. Together with Heidi Mehrkens he has edited Sons and Heirs: Succession and Political Culture in Nineteenth-Century Europe (2015) as well as Royal Heirs and the Uses of Soft Power in Nineteenth-Century Europe (2017).

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Royal Heirs in Imperial Germany
  • Book Subtitle The Future of Monarchy in Nineteenth-Century Bavaria, Saxony and Württemberg
  • Authors Frank Lorenz Müller
  • Series Title Palgrave Studies in Modern Monarchy
  • Series Abbreviated Title Palgrave Studies in Modern Monarchy
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2017
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Pivot, London
  • eBook Packages History History (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-1-137-55126-9
  • Softcover ISBN 978-1-349-71573-2
  • eBook ISBN 978-1-137-55127-6
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XII, 257
  • Number of Illustrations 2 b/w illustrations, 6 illustrations in colour
  • Topics History of Germany and Central Europe
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