Fathers and Sons in the History of the Hohenzollern Dynasty

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


If we survey the inner history of the Hohenzollern dynasty, two contradictory features attract our attention. The first is the remarkable consistency of political will from each generation to the next. The second is the reality of recurrent conflict between fathers and sons. In this chapter, I want to offer a brief overview of these conflicts and then see whether we can discern any pattern in them. What were father-son conflicts actually about? Did they place the viability of the dynasty at risk, or did they, on the contrary, reinforce its legitimacy? Did they arise because external pressures drove a wedge between different wings or members of the same family, or was it rather that tensions that were psychological or genuinely intra-familial in origin imposed themselves on the court and its political appendages?


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