Kaiser Wilhelm's Foreign Policy Essay

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KAISER WILHELM’S FOREIGN POLICY Introduction Kaiser Wilhelm II or Frederick William Victor Albert of Prussia was the last Emperor Of Germany and King of Prussia ruling from 15 June 1888 to 9 November 1918. Being the grandson of Queen Victoria Kaiser Wilhelm was related to many royal families of Europe his notable contemporary relations being King George V and Czar Nicholas II (From the Houses of Windsor and Romanov respectively the later being the last Czar or Emperor of Russia). After two years in throne he dismissed Chancellor Otto Von Bismarck in 1890 and replaced him with Leo Von Caprivi. Making drastic changes in Germany’s foreign policies he propelled the nation into a new direction in International Affairs. The support extended by him towards the July 1914 crisis further escalated tensions across Europe, which culminated into the First World War through a chain of events. His rash and poorly conceived and thought out policies fuelled by his attitude towards the Civil Government ultimately forced him to abdicate in 1919 and flee to the Netherlands. Nature of the policies Kaiser Wilhelm II adopted and advocated the ideology of “Welt Politik” or World Politics which was a sharp contrast to the ideology of “Real Politk” used by Otto Von Bismarck. The main aim of Welt Politik was to use aggressive policies, actions and threaten the use of military to get hold of more colonies and ensure that Germany was looked upon as a powerful and influential nation both in the eyes of other European nations as well as the world in general. His decisions could frequently be linked to his impatient and hot headedness. The Moroccan Crisis: One of Kaiser Wilhelm’s more notable blunders were committed in 1905 during his visit to Tangier in Morocco. Back in Europe this was seen clearly as a sign of Germany’s interests of gaining territories in

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