The Kaiser’s crusade: Wilhelm II in the Ottoman Empire Event as iCalendar

20 September 2017

3:30 - 5pm

Venue: Federation of Graduate Women's Suite

Location: Old Government House

Website: Europe Institute

Associate Professor Matthew Fitzpatrick | Flinders University 

It is often claimed that Kaiser Wilhelm II was the architect of Germany’s global foreign policy (Weltpolitik). But just how powerful was his grip over imperial affairs? Focusing on the Kaiser’s tour of the Ottoman Empire in 1898, this paper looks for signs of strong monarchical power and for traces of deliberate royal interventions in German foreign policy.

Matthew Fitzpatrick is author of Purging the Empire (Oxford UP 2015) and Liberal Imperialism in Germany (Berghahn 2008). He has twice been a Humboldt Fellow. He was awarded the Chester Penn Higby Prize by the Journal of Modern History for his essay, "State of Exception? Mass Expulsions and the German Constitutional State, 1871-1914."

 

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