Proclamation of the German Empire with William I Hohenzollern as German Emperor; Constitution of the German Empire; Franco-Prussian War and the Treaty of Frankfurt. The territories (later called "Alsace–Lorraine") eventually annexed into the German Empire from France under intensified Germanization of the French; Kulturkampf
Due to his popularity and notoriety, in the 19th and early 20th centuries, he was used as a political symbol by many movements and regimes: the Risorgimento, the Wilhelmine government in Germany (especially under Emperor Wilhelm I) and the Nazi movement, resulting in both golden and dark legends.
His most significant accomplishments include his military successes in the Silesian wars, his reorganisation of the Prussian Army, the First Partition of Poland, and his patronage of the arts and the Enlightenment.
Reviewer: Dr Joseph Cronin. Queen Mary, University of London. Citation: Dr Joseph Cronin, review of Blood and Iron: The Rise and Fall of the German Empire 1871-1918, (review no. 2466) DOI: 10.14296/RiH/2014/2466. Date accessed: 24 November, 2023. 'German leaders slam extremists who rushed Reichstag steps’, Deutsche Welle, 30 August 2020 ...
After the end of the First World War (1914–1918), Germany was exhausted and sued for peace in desperate circumstances. Awareness of imminent defeat sparked a revolution, the abdication of Kaiser Wilhelm II, formal surrender to the Allies, and the proclamation of the Weimar Republic on 9 November 1918.
Siegen Castle, 2011. William was born in Dillenburg on 10 April 1487        as the fourth and youngest son of Count John V of Nassau-Siegen      and Landgravine Elisabeth of Hesse-Marburg.  [note 3] At William's baptism his mother's uncle, Archbishop Herman IV of Cologne, was present. 
Alexander II with his uncle, German Emperor William I, on a hunting trip together, 1872 Alexander's bureaucracy instituted an elaborate scheme of local self-government ( zemstvo ) for the rural districts (1864) and the large towns (1870), with elective assemblies possessing a restricted right of taxation, and a new rural and municipal police ...
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 Franz Joseph was troubled by nationalism throughout his reign. He concluded the Austro-Hungarian Compromise of 1867, which granted greater autonomy to Hungary and created the dual monarchy of Austria-Hungary.
noun duke of Normandy who led the Norman invasion of England and became the first Norman to be King of England; he defeated Harold II at the battle of Hastings in 1066 and introduced many Norman customs into England (1027-1087) synonyms: William I see more Cite this entry Style: MLA "William the Conqueror."