WILHELM II (1859 - 1941)
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WILHELM II (1859 - 1941)

German emperor and the King of Prussia Wilhelm was born in Berlin, in 1859. He was the son of heir apparent Fredrick. He had a bright education. In the University of Bonn, he studied economy, political science, and law for two years. After he completed his education, he entered the Army.

After the death of emperor Wilhelm I, Wilhelm II succeeded him. He desired to rule the country alone. His quarrels with Prime Minister Bismarck led him to resign in 1890. Henceforth, Wilhelm became the sole ruler of the empire. He visited many countries. During his visits he came to Istanbul and built the fountain of Sultanahmet.

Wilhelm initially began to restore the neglected Army and in a short time, he organised it. He created a modern Germany stronger than any other European country. He saved Germany from the economical crisis occurring in Europe. Later, this “King of War,” declared that “I do not rely on the parliament but on my army which is basis of my empire.” During his period, German navigation has rapidly developed as well, because the emperor believed that “the future of the Germans is beyond the seas”. In a very short time, he organised a powerful commerce and war fleets.

After a Serb nationalist assassinated the heir of the Austro-Hungarian throne, Wilhelm sided with Austria. This alliance caused the outbreak of the World War.

The German defeats during the war led the Germans to revolt against Wilhelm. He flew to Holland (1918). He resigned from his duty. First, he lived in Amerongen and later went to Doorn. Following his wife’s death in 1921, he married to Princess Hermine in 1922. Wilhelm had died in 1941.

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