The Kaiser Essay

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The Kaiser and his Court: John Rohl Professor J.Rohl, comments in depth about the monarchical mentalities and structures of Imperial Germany. A repetitive theme that seems to appear is the notion of popularist anti-Semitic views amongst many German figureheads. The article explores the influence of the ‘powerful but erratic’ Kaiser of Germany, who essentially had supreme authority over all that went on throughout the German Empire. Throughout the opening of this text, Rohl repeatedly mentions this idea of ‘Weltanschauung’, which translated means world view; this term is used to discuss the wide world perception of the Kaiser but also that of Hitler. The focus of Wilhelm II’s Weltanschauung is the idea that Germany is not only ‘the land of monarchy’ but it is this which makes it the land ‘of Christ’. The Kaiser also expresses that England being the land of liberalism, was the land ‘therefore of Satan and Antichrist’. However, he did not blame the people, he blamed it upon (quite like many individuals) the Jews and often referred to England as ‘Juda-England’. It is from these kinds of attitudes that the Nazi ideology was able to stem from. The Kaiser repeatedly puts forth the idea that Germans are superior to all others, they are right ‘because God was on their side’ and there is not exception to this assumption when he criticises the French, calling them a ‘feminine race’ deeming the Germans as ‘radically masculine, biologically in need of leadership’. In other words stating that the Germans were born to lead and others made to follow; another ideology repeated frequently by German leaders (the most extreme being that of Hitler). Anti-Semitic views and beliefs have said to originate from as early as the 3rd century in Alexandria and Rohl makes it clear that ‘ideas such as these were by no means unique to the Kaiser’; with hindsight it is also fair to state that

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