(E–book/E–pub) [George Nicholas and Wilhelm]
characters õ eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB ☆ M.J. CarterI have a joke for you hereditary monarchies That s it That s
The Joke Of All Thejoke Of all the that man has devised for cornering power none is as breathtaking as the hereditary monarchy For centuries kings and ueens have Bright Montana Sky ruled vast nations based solely on the notion that their blood is somehowoyal It s utter wash of course as countless failed leaders have proven There is nothing special about Pancreatic Cancer: A Patient and His Doctor Balance Hope and Truth royal blood It is the same blood asuns through our veins Except for the hemophilia The Ein Makelloser Abstieg: Roman royals have a lot hemophilia The absurdity of the crownuns like a black joke throughout Miranda Carter s triple biography George Nicholas and Wilhelm Three Royal Cousins and the Road to World War I King George V of Great Britain Kaiser Wilhelm II of Germany and T OK I haven t Abu Telfan: Or, the Return from the Mountains of the Moon, Tr. by S. Delffs read this book I will maybe but I was pissed aftereading a eview Here s part of a eview that demonstrates why I often hate eviews in the NY Times Book Review Last two paragraphs George Nicholas and Wilhelm is an impressive book Ms Carter has clearly not bitten off than she can chew for she as John Updike once "Wrote About G Nter Grass " about G nter Grass it enthusiastically before our eyes You turn this book s pages with interest however but arely with eagerness It s a volume that never uite warms in your hands packed perhaps too airlessly with what Ms Carter describes at one point as backstabbing intrigue and muddle That phrase would have made a good alternative title First paragraph says it s impressive Fine And then goes on to make another compliment after some silly gratuitous name dropping that the author chews it enthusiastically Not one of Updike s felicitous metaphorsOK I m interested sounds positive ight But then WTF comes the seemingly negative but arely with interest Because the book never uite warms in your handspacked too airlessly Huh Filled with backstabbing intrigue and muddle which makes it sound interesting again Obviously the writer of this eview is staring in the mirror preening with self satisfaction at having sounded sufficiently erudite and opaue so we haven t a clue what to thinkedited to include maybe Monarchy LOLZ6718 New Yorker article by the author on one of the most amazing illuminating aspects of this excellent biography What Happens When a Bad Tempered Distractable Doofus Runs an Empire Link This was brilliant For anyone interested in the oad to WWI this is a wonderful synopsis from the perspective of the exhaustion and decline of autocracy monarchy and empire Using the familial Taking to the Streets: The Transformation of Arab Activism relationships among Victoria Edward George In the years before the First World War the great European powers wereuled by three first cousins King George V of Britain Kaiser Wilhelm II of Germany and Tsar Nicholas II of Russia Together they presided over the last years of dynastic Eu. Ilhelm and Nicholas Carter pulls the Selling Beauty: Cosmetics, Commerce, and French Society, 1750–1830 reader into the conflicting pulls on the leading monarchs of their day amid the challenges of nationalismepublicanism socialism and the last gasps of aristocratic and colonial entitlement Along the way we are provided poignant and stark portraits of the characters under the crowns Victoria s selfishness Wilhelm s maniacal madness Bertie s appetites George s stodginess Nicholas s mystical fatalism Alexandra s fearfulness and the many diplomats courtiers hangers on and politicians who had to wrestle with their monarchs and a world plunging inexorably to war Ultimately this is the story of global
expansion andand coexistence and clarifies the legacy we live with today A must for any student of history This book was long Dense And Detailed From The Endorsements On and detailed From the endorsements on cover I expected something a little Men of Empire: Power and Negotiation in Venice's Maritime State rollicking but historical detail is often a trade off witheadability and it s uite a fair tradeThis book is a look at the lives of Tsar Nicholas II King George V and Kaiser Wilhelm II in the years from their birth to World War II with additional focus on ueen Victoria and Edward VII Carter is absolutely unsparing of each man s foibles Although when war actually came Wilhelm tried to prevent it his years of hysterical and unstable A Gift of Time: Continuing Your Pregnancy When Your Baby's Life Is Expected to Be Brief rule his worship of the hyper masculinised German army machine and hisefusal to allow the Reichstag any control of it meant that when war did come Germany uickly and uietly transformed into a military dictatorship Although Nicholas II was a uiet gentle and doting family man he firmly believed that despite his own manifest incompetence to Bazaars, Conversations Freedom rule his utter ignorance of life beyond the gates of his own palaces the inability of any one man to personally administer the government of millions he nevertheless was magically gifted toule purely by virtue of the fact that he was the tsar Thousands of Russians peacefully begging for liberty and To Russia with Love: An Alaskan's Journey representative government were murdered following his orders and when he was finally forced to allow them aepresentative assembly the Duma he did everything he could to obstruct it George V the only man who seems to have learned anything at all from his experiences was simply a painfully dull ignorant incurious and tactless man of whom it was once said that For seventeen years he did nothing at all but kill animals and stick in stampsGeorge is however the only gleam of grace in this book Like his grandmother ueen Victoria he found the knack of presenting himself to his people not as a symbol of the. Rope and the outbreak of the most destructive war the world had ever seen a war that set twentieth century Europe on course to be the most violent continent in the history of the world Through brilliant and often darkly comic portraits of th. .#coexistence and clarifies #and clarifies legacy we live with today A must
to themselves Harold Laski is uoted as saying The Monarchy togovern themselves Laski is uoted as saying The Monarchy to it bluntly has been sold to the democracy as the symbol of itself Ever since Victoria there has been something decidedly bourgeois about the English monarchy and it was George V who made the conscious decision to institutionalise this Nicholas and Wilhelm had lived lives totally detached from those of the people they governed to the extent that Nicholas had no idea of the worth of money George wanted to present the English crown in the words of his secretary Stamfordham as a living power for good with eceptive faculties welcoming information affecting the interests and social well being of all classes and Confessions of an Unlikely Runner: A Guide to Racing and Obstacle Courses for the Averagely Fit and Halfway Dedicated ready not only to sympathise with those uestions but anxious to further their solutionif opportunities are seized during His Majesty s visits to industrial centres in conversation with the workmen to show his interest in such problems as employers and employed will have to solve these men willecognise in the Crown those characteristics may I say virtues which I have ventured to enumerate above In other words as disinterested by engaged with the people especially the working classesThis is without a doubt the secret for the perpetuation of the English monarchy to the present day Wilhelm and Nicholas were determined to be autocrats uling supreme and for their own benefit The English crown however traded power for survival and saw their ole as being the servants of those they govern Americans often scoff at the Royal family for being welfare ueens but today the House of Windsor annually contributes millions of pounds worth of Lauter alte Akten. Den von Formularen geplagten Zeitgenossen zum Trost, zur Belehrung und Erheiterung revenues from crown property and thousands of millions of pounds worth of touristevenue to the UK as well as working hard to present a personal engaged and gracious face of British government to the peopleTHE THREE EMPERORS is a fascinating look at the last gasps of oyal autocracy in Europe *as history marches on autocratic power whether in *history marches on autocratic power whether in church the state or the family becomes and untenable and people who were once content to live subject to the whims of the divinely appointed become demanding of freedom it can be no mistake that in China and Russia the two largest Communist nations Communism eplaced an imperial egime that was actually possibly epressive and demeaning than even Communism itself Eventually there must be epentance or judgement This book was detailed and not a particularly fast ead but it was utterly illuminating. Ese men and their lives their foibles and obsessions Miranda Carter delivers the tragicomic story of Europe’s early twentieth century aristocracy a solipsistic world preposterously out of kilter with its times From the Trade Paperback editi.