William II, German Wilhelm II, in full Friedrich Wilhelm Viktor Albert, (born January 27, 1859, Potsdam, near Berlin [Germany]—died June 4, 1941, Doorn, Netherlands), German emperor (kaiser) and king of Prussia from 1888 to the end of World War I in 1918, known for his frequently militaristic manner as well as for his vacillating policies.
Wilhelm I. auf einem Porträt des Hoffotografen Wilhelm Kuntzemüller (1884) Wilhelm I., mit vollem Namen Wilhelm Friedrich Ludwig von Preußen (* 22. März 1797 in Berlin; † 9. März 1888 ebenda), aus dem Haus Hohenzollern war von 1861 bis zu seinem Tod König von Preußen und seit der Reichsgründung 1871 erster Deutscher Kaiser.
He was born in 1272 at Yoxall in Staffordshire, the son and heir of William de Ferrers (1240-1287), of Groby in Leicestershire (a significant figure in the Second Barons' War between King Henry III and Simon de Montfort, Earl of Leicester), the younger son of William de Ferrers, 5th Earl of Derby, by his second wife Margaret de Quincy ...
On 10 December 1870, the North German Confederation Reichstag renamed the Confederation the "German Empire" and gave the title of German Emperor to William I, the King of Prussia, as Bundespräsidium of the Confederation.  The new constitution ( Constitution of the German Confederation) and the title Emperor came into effect on 1 January 1871.
Covering books and digital resources across all fields of history ISSN 1749-8155 The Kaiser and His Court: Wilhelm II and the Government of Germany Book: The Kaiser and His Court: Wilhelm II and the Government of Germany John Röhl Cambridge, CUP, 1996, ISBN: 9780521565042; 288pp.; Price: £20.99 Reviewer: Dr Alan Sked London School of Economics
The ascent of Wilhelm II to the throne in 1890 signaled the end of Bismarck’s Realpolitik. The young emperor detested the aging chancellor’s political gamesmanship at home and his caution abroad. Though susceptible to vanity and insecurity, Wilhelm had genuine compassion for his subjects, whether monarchist, democrat, or socialist.
The process symbolically concluded with the ceremonial proclamation of the German Empire i.e. the German Reich having 25 member states and led by the Kingdom of Prussia of the Hohenzollerns on 18 January 1871; the event was later celebrated as the customary date of the German Empire 's foundation, although the legally meaningful events relevant …
The German Emperor, Wilhelm I, watched as his grandson, guided principally by the Crown Princess Victoria, grew to manhood. When Wilhelm was nearing 21, the Emperor decided it was time his grandson should begin the military phase of his preparation for the throne.
Belisarius, (born c. 505, Germania, Illyria?—died March 565), Byzantine general, the leading military figure in the age of the Byzantine emperor Justinian I (527–565). As one of the last important figures in the Roman military tradition, he led imperial armies against the Sāsānian empire (Persia), the Vandal kingdom of North Africa, the Ostrogothic regime of Italy, and the barbarian ...