“I am leading you towards wonderful times!” Boasting and exuberant, William II, by God’s grace king of Prussia and emperor of Germany, gave this message to the German people at the opening of the twentieth century. Some years later, in the celebrations of the twenty-fifth anniversary of his reign, that spirit was dampened by public awareness of internal tensions and deteriorating foreign relationships. Yet Germany was then, indeed, riding a crest of power and prosperity.
KeywordsGeneration Introduction German Economy Weimar Republic German Army German Youth
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