Theobald von Bethmann Hollweg, German imperial chancellor before and during World War I who possessed talents for administration but not for governing. A member of a Frankfurt banking family, Bethmann Hollweg studied law at Strassburg, Leipzig, and Berlin and entered the civil service. He was.
The German statesman and chancellor Theobald von Bethmann Hollweg (1856-1921) led Germany during the first 3 years of World War I. Theobald von Bethmann Hollweg was the son of a prominent commercial and agrarian family.
BETHMANN HOLLWEG, THEOBALD VON (1856–1921), German statesman, served as imperial chancellor, 1909–1917. Often called the "Hamlet" of German politics, Theobald von Bethmann Hollweg combined a legalistic and bureaucratic mind with inner doubt and misgiving. He was appointed Prussian minister of the interior in 1905 and German state secretary ...
Chancellor Theobald von Bethmann Hollweg later dismissed this as a 'scrap of paper,' but British law officers routinely confirmed it as a binding legal obligation and its importance was well understood by Germany. The 1911 Agadir Crisis led to secret discussions between France and Britain in case of war with Germany.
Instead of skillful diplomacy, Count Berchtold of Austria-Hungary, Chancellor Bethmann-Hollweg of Germany, and Foreign Minister Sergei Sazonov of Russia all accelerated the escalation of the crisis, according to the author, due to ‘the poor intellectual quality of [their] decision-making’ and/or their outright, reckless brinksmanship (p. 511).
T. von Bethmann Hollweg • 1917 . Georg Michaelis • 1917–1918 . Georg von Hertling • 1918 . Max von Baden: Legislature: Bicameral • Upper House. Bundesrat
On the contrary, the Chief of the Great General Staff possessed considerable influence over Kaiser Wilhelm II and was also able to impress his views strongly upon several leading civilian politicians in Germany's so-called 'responsible government', such as Imperial Chancellor Theobald von Bethmann Hollweg and State Secretary at the Foreign ...
Theobald von Bethmann-Hollweg was born in Howenfinow, Brandenburg. After studying law he served as Prussian minister for the Interior. When Bernhard von Bulow left office in 1909, Kaiser Wilhelm II appointed Bethmann-Hollweg as Imperial Chancellor. Inexperienced in foreign affairs, he was unable to achieve conciliation with England and France.
Im Juni 1915 schrieb der deutsche Botschafter Hans von Wangenheim aus Konstantinopel an den deutschen Reichskanzler Theobald von Bethmann Hollweg: „Daß die Verbannung der Armenier nicht allein durch militärische Rücksichten motiviert ist, liegt zutage.