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  • Title: George, Nicholas and Wilhelm: Three Royal Cousins and the Road to World War I
  • Author: M.J. Carter
  • ISBN: 9780307593023
  • Page: 247
  • Format: ebook
  • In the years before the First World War, the great European powers were ruled 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 Europe and the outbreak of the most destructive war the world had ever seen, a war that set twentieth century Europe on course toIn the years before the First World War, the great European powers were ruled 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 Europe 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 these 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 edition.
    George Nicholas and Wilhelm Three Royal Cousins and the Road to World War I In the years before the First World War the great European powers were ruled by three first cousins King George V of Britain Kaiser Wilhelm II of Germany and Tsar Nicholas II of Russia Together th

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    1. I have a joke for you hereditary monarchies That s it That s the joke Of all the ways that man has devised for cornering power, none is as breathtaking as the hereditary monarchy For centuries, kings and queens have ruled vast nations based solely on the notion that their blood is somehow royal It s utter wash, of course, as countless failed leaders have proven There is nothing special about royal blood It is the same blood as runs through our veins Except for the hemophilia The royals have a lo [...]

    2. OK, I haven t read this book I will but I was pissed after reading a review Here s part of a review that demonstrates why I often hate reviews 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 chews it enthusiastically before our eyes You turn this book s pages with interest, however, but rarely with eagerness It s a volume that never quite [...]

    3. I highly recommend this book What it does in an exemplary fashion is show the reader who George, Nicholas and Wilhelm were You learn not only of their actions, but also of there varying temperaments This is a biography, not a dry history book It is well researched, and will be fascinating to those of you who want to look at the personalities of these three cousins At the same time you will come to understand why WW1 occurred why in fact it was practically inevitable Political disputes and family [...]

    4. This was brilliant For anyone interested in the road to WWI this is a wonderful synopsis from the perspective of the exhaustion and decline of autocracy, monarchy and empire Using the familial relationships among Victoria, Edward, George, Wilhelm and Nicholas Carter pulls the reader into the conflicting pulls on the leading monarchs of their day amid the challenges of nationalism, republicanism, socialism and the last gasps of aristocratic and colonial entitlement Along the way we are provided p [...]

    5. The Impact of Queen Victoria on HistoryQueen Victoria of England not only had one of the longest reigns in royal history her reign of 63 years and 7 months, which is longer than that of any other British monarch and the longest of any female monarch in history but her progeny produced leaders in disparate countries that focused on three names in the pre world War I period King George V of Great Britain an India , Tsar Nicholas II of Russia, and Emperor Wilhelm II of Germany In a manner of relati [...]

    6. I enjoyed the book for the most part It has a simple thesis The your leader is out of touch and coddled the severe the results inflicted on the followers Spoiled children without reality are not the ones to run the country think of Mr Trump

    7. Oh, families If you think your family is crazy, you haven t met the Saxe Coburg Gotha Romanovs This academic style text is a discussion of the familo political interactions from about 1860 that lead to World War I I left this book thinking that perhaps we could blame WWI, not on the Germans, but instead on Queen Victoria Why She was the grandmother from hell She insisted that all of her children were raised in an extremely severe style favored by her husband, Prince Albert some of her children r [...]

    8. Other reviews have noted that there is little new here, but the point of this book is not to bring out new information It is to explore the origins of World War I from a different point of view In examining the character of these three cousins, their upbringing and education, their role in the structure of their respective governments and the issues and attitudes of their counties, Miranda Carter shows how they did and didn t influence the course of events that led to The Great War.The cousins o [...]

    9. This book deserves 5 stars I took one out because of all the editing the book needs Pronouns, in particular, confused me as to who was talking to whom, for example, repetitions of appositives and typos.That little annoyance aside, it was a wonderful read and though it s a history book, I noticed that it had a structure quite similar to a novel with a climax and an ending that, to me, came as a surprise.I loved reading it because it showed how much those three emperors were in denial and willfull [...]

    10. I have taken some time to get through this book, but that is not because it isn t good, just because it s heavy reading so I ve taken breaks from it Nevertheless, it s a riveting account of all the many and varied roads that led to the Great War.The Three Emperors of the title refer to the German Emperor Wilhelm II, the Russian Tsar Nicholas II and the British king George V The two former had much too much power for their own good They were cousins, bound together by blood and the mere fact that [...]

    11. King George V, Tsar Nicholas, and Kaiser Wilhelm were cousins talk about dysfunctional families Of course thanks to Queen Victoria everybody was related to each other through blood or marriage But these three men held the future of Europe in their hands Fortunately for George, his duties in a constitutional monarchy involved being the figurehead something he could handle He and Nicolas were first cousins as their mothers Danish royalty were sisters They looked uncannily alike and people often mi [...]

    12. King George found the post war world a foreign chilly place This book was quite excellent I learned so much and consider this book my favorite non fiction book of 2017.What is so lovely about my experience with this book is that I happened to stumble upon it in my library s collection when I was browsing the biography section.This is one of my favorite periods in history so I have read a lot about it through the years yet I learned quite a bit from this very well researched book There are so man [...]

    13. I have managed to write a review that is longer than the actual book but I found the subject matter so interesting that it was hard not to talk about it If you are interested in the monarchs that ruled pre WWI Europe and how these royal cousins ushered in the war than this is a must read for you The beginning of the book focuses on Queen Victoria probably the last effective monarch in England At the time of Victoria, the English Monarchs still had sway and a veto In Germany and Russia, the Kaise [...]

    14. A readable history of the royal families of Britain, Germany and Russia in the period leading up to WW I Carter focuses to some degree on the personalities of King George, Kaiser Wilhelm and Tsar Nicholas, which gives the book an engaging narrative flow, but she also brings in important political movements and events that influenced not only these three major players but also public opinion in the three countries I think it would work equally well as an introduction to the period or as a source [...]

    15. There seems to be a new trend among biographers and historians who are writing biographies as snapshots in time Rather than take a long life, and write an exhausting study of the subject, they re taking a relatively small bit of time and concentrate on specific events Of course, the writer fills in the rest of the subject s life, but not in the same detail I happen to like books that specialise British author Miranda Carter has done this with great flair in her new book, George, Nicholas, and Wi [...]

    16. The first time I did my family genogram, I saw family patterns passed down through generations, and the ways that significant family events had life long impact My mother often tells the story of how she cared for her youngest brother when she was 10 years old Her mother and older sister were both in the hospital, but her newborn brother was sent home to be cared for by a 10 year old She says that she and her next two brothers 8 and 6 would get ready in the morning and then take the 3 youngest 4 [...]

    17. I do not usually care for biographies, they often seem to consist of the boring trivia of a person s daily life But GEORGE, NICHOLAS, WILHELM THREE ROYAL COUSINS AND THE ROAD TO WORLD WAR I is different Miranda Carter deftly weaves together the biographies of the three cousin emperors who together stood on the brink of the abyss in 1914 George V of England, Nicholas, the last Tsar of Russia, and Wilhelm, the last Kaiser of Germany.What I really enjoyed about this book was the way in which it was [...]

    18. It s not that this book is so well written, although it isn t bad It s the story of the three cousins, George V of England, Nicholas II of Russia, and Wilhelm II of Germany that earns my 4 star rating Carter s book is well researched I discovered her through watching a BBC documentary on King Edward VII Bertie, who is far colorful and interesting than his son George V although I did notice a few contradictions Then again, she does much better than Catrine Clay with her encyclopedic book on the [...]

    19. This is a fascinating triple biography of the three cousin monarchs of England, Germany, and Russia during the final decades of the nineteenth century and the first two decades of the twentieth Carter never loses focus on her key subjects, using hundreds of letters to and from the royal families and prominent political figures to paint a very personal and creditable portrayal of the last vestiges of monarchical political influence in Europe Carter s writing style is expertly practiced and at tim [...]

    20. This is not the book that I d thought it was when I bought it I d read very interesting excerpts from a book on this subject back in high school I enjoyed the original enough that I d always wanted to read the entire thing I realized the mix up about a third of the way through, because what I was after was the relationship of the three cousins as set out by personal letters between them something along the lines of Dear Nikki, Love Willie I m still looking for the original source of what I was r [...]

    21. Fascinating, readable account of the lives of George V, king of England Edward VII is also a major character Kaiser Wilhelm of Germany and Tsar Nicholas of Russia up until the start of WWI it covers the war in just one chapter, made me wish for a sequel The story is told from the human perspective and the fact that these people were relatives made it all the interesting and slightly bizarre So weird to think that skipping a family wedding or not wanting to sit by your annoying uncle or nephew a [...]

    22. Exhaustive examination of the actions and interactions of Victoria s descendants as the old world dynasties gave way to the realities of the modern world Carter reveals just how ill educated and isolated the royals were, how convoluted and contradictory the machinations of their governments, and how foolish a response to economic and political crises militarism proved to be.

    23. Really interesting comparison of events in each country and how they were perceived in the other countries.

    24. Fascinating, absorbing portraits of the three imperial cousins, their complicated relationships, and how their ineffectualness as leaders failed to keep Europe from plunging into war.

    25. Unfortunately, I cannot rate Miranda Carter s book as highly as many of the other reviewer s have And this is mainly for two reasons First, the book is confusing Although there is a general historical progression throughout the whole book, beginning with the births of these three rulers and ending with the aftermath of World War 1, within each chapter and sometimes from chapter to chapter the chronology flips around so much you cannot remember where you are This can often happen from paragraph t [...]

    26. For hundreds of years, nations have been ruled by hereditary monarchies that somehow believed their right to rule had been given to them by their divine blood This is a cruel joke The numerous failed leaders, like those displayed in Miranda Carter s George, Nicholas, and Wilhelm Three Royal Cousins and the Road to World War I, prove just that There was and is nothing special about their blood and all the intermarrying of relatives did nothing than produce increasingly selfish and less sane mona [...]

    27. An interesting narrative of personal, familial biographies and how those relationship influenced and shaped the political landscape of Europe through the turn of the century.Nicholas distance from the concerns of his people, and his refusing to act in their behalf so that he could preserve his dynasty s divine right and autocratic power shows him not as a victim of cruel Bolshevism, but as one who rejected time after time the opportunity to help Russia.Prussian militarism may have been to blame [...]

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