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George, Nicholas and Wilhelm - Three Royal Cousins and the Road to World War I-logo

George, Nicholas and Wilhelm - Three Royal Cousins and the Road to World War I

Miranda Carter

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 to be the most violent continent in the history of the world. Miranda Carter uses the cousins' correspondence and a host of historical sources to tell the tragicomic story of a tiny, glittering, solipsistic world that was often preposterously out of kilter with its times, struggling to stay in command of politics and world events as history overtook it. George, Nicholas and Wilhelm is a brilliant and sometimes darkly hilarious portrait of these men-damaged, egotistical Wilhelm; quiet, stubborn Nicholas; and anxious, dutiful George-and their lives, foibles and obsessions, from tantrums to uniforms to stamp collecting. It is also alive with fresh, subtle portraits of other familiar figures: Queen Victoria-grandmother to two of them, grandmother-in-law to the third-whose conservatism and bullying obsession with family left a dangerous legacy; and Edward VII, the playboy "arch-vulgarian" who turned out to have a remarkable gift for international relations and the theatrics of mass politics. At the same time, Carter weaves through their stories a riveting account of the events that led to World War I, showing how the personal and the political interacted, sometimes to devastating effect. For all three men the war would be a disaster that destroyed forever the illusion of their close family relationships, with any sense of peace and harmony shattered in a final coda of murder, betrayal and abdication. From the Hardcover edition.

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 to be the most violent continent in the history of the world. Miranda Carter uses the cousins' correspondence and a host of historical sources to tell the tragicomic story of a tiny, glittering, solipsistic world that was often preposterously out of kilter with its times, struggling to stay in command of politics and world events as history overtook it. George, Nicholas and Wilhelm is a brilliant and sometimes darkly hilarious portrait of these men-damaged, egotistical Wilhelm; quiet, stubborn Nicholas; and anxious, dutiful George-and their lives, foibles and obsessions, from tantrums to uniforms to stamp collecting. It is also alive with fresh, subtle portraits of other familiar figures: Queen Victoria-grandmother to two of them, grandmother-in-law to the third-whose conservatism and bullying obsession with family left a dangerous legacy; and Edward VII, the playboy "arch-vulgarian" who turned out to have a remarkable gift for international relations and the theatrics of mass politics. At the same time, Carter weaves through their stories a riveting account of the events that led to World War I, showing how the personal and the political interacted, sometimes to devastating effect. For all three men the war would be a disaster that destroyed forever the illusion of their close family relationships, with any sense of peace and harmony shattered in a final coda of murder, betrayal and abdication. From the Hardcover edition.
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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 to be the most violent continent in the history of the world. Miranda Carter uses the cousins' correspondence and a host of historical sources to tell the tragicomic story of a tiny, glittering, solipsistic world that was often preposterously out of kilter with its times, struggling to stay in command of politics and world events as history overtook it. George, Nicholas and Wilhelm is a brilliant and sometimes darkly hilarious portrait of these men-damaged, egotistical Wilhelm; quiet, stubborn Nicholas; and anxious, dutiful George-and their lives, foibles and obsessions, from tantrums to uniforms to stamp collecting. It is also alive with fresh, subtle portraits of other familiar figures: Queen Victoria-grandmother to two of them, grandmother-in-law to the third-whose conservatism and bullying obsession with family left a dangerous legacy; and Edward VII, the playboy "arch-vulgarian" who turned out to have a remarkable gift for international relations and the theatrics of mass politics. At the same time, Carter weaves through their stories a riveting account of the events that led to World War I, showing how the personal and the political interacted, sometimes to devastating effect. For all three men the war would be a disaster that destroyed forever the illusion of their close family relationships, with any sense of peace and harmony shattered in a final coda of murder, betrayal and abdication. From the Hardcover edition.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Rosalyn Landor

Length:

21h 16m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:17


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

00:55


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

06:10


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

05:53


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

07:04


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

06:45


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

07:48


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

07:51


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

07:14


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

06:13


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

07:10


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

07:04


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

07:26


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

06:06


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

06:36


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

06:59


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

07:01


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

06:34


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

07:02


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

07:18


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

06:55


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

07:51


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

05:56


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

06:30


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

07:15


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

06:37


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

07:13


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

07:52


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

06:24


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

07:15


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

07:23


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

07:30


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

06:00


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

06:51


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

06:34


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

07:04


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

07:45


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

07:23


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

07:21


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

06:47


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

06:39


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

06:50


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

05:41


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

06:48


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

06:52


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

05:48


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

07:09


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

07:25


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

07:10


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

07:35


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

07:54


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

06:55


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

06:49


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

07:27


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

06:21


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

06:30


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

06:21


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

07:41


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

07:13


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

07:51


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

07:11


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

07:37


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

07:22


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

06:59


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

05:42


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

06:28


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

06:49


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

05:42


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

07:32


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

06:53


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

07:21


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

07:32


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

07:23


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

07:17


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

06:57


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

05:57


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

06:36


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

07:26


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

05:44


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

06:20


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

06:23


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

07:44


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

07:12


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

06:49


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

07:16


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

07:39


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

06:49


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

07:15


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

07:24


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

06:28


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

07:37


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

06:25


Chapter 93
Chapter 93

07:25


Chapter 94
Chapter 94

08:02


Chapter 95
Chapter 95

07:18


Chapter 96
Chapter 96

06:54


Chapter 97
Chapter 97

06:38


Chapter 98
Chapter 98

07:57


Chapter 99
Chapter 99

06:30


Chapter 100
Chapter 100

05:27


Chapter 101
Chapter 101

06:11


Chapter 102
Chapter 102

07:01


Chapter 103
Chapter 103

06:56


Chapter 104
Chapter 104

06:33


Chapter 105
Chapter 105

07:49


Chapter 106
Chapter 106

07:00


Chapter 107
Chapter 107

07:25


Chapter 108
Chapter 108

07:39


Chapter 109
Chapter 109

07:43


Chapter 110
Chapter 110

06:38


Chapter 111
Chapter 111

07:37


Chapter 112
Chapter 112

07:04


Chapter 113
Chapter 113

07:31


Chapter 114
Chapter 114

06:35


Chapter 115
Chapter 115

05:38


Chapter 116
Chapter 116

07:57


Chapter 117
Chapter 117

07:26


Chapter 118
Chapter 118

07:01


Chapter 119
Chapter 119

05:29


Chapter 120
Chapter 120

07:59


Chapter 121
Chapter 121

06:43


Chapter 122
Chapter 122

05:51


Chapter 123
Chapter 123

05:41


Chapter 124
Chapter 124

05:15


Chapter 125
Chapter 125

07:20


Chapter 126
Chapter 126

07:25


Chapter 127
Chapter 127

07:23


Chapter 128
Chapter 128

07:55


Chapter 129
Chapter 129

07:40


Chapter 130
Chapter 130

06:29


Chapter 131
Chapter 131

07:25


Chapter 132
Chapter 132

06:52


Chapter 133
Chapter 133

05:47


Chapter 134
Chapter 134

07:09


Chapter 135
Chapter 135

07:37


Chapter 136
Chapter 136

07:02


Chapter 137
Chapter 137

07:26


Chapter 138
Chapter 138

07:29


Chapter 139
Chapter 139

06:06


Chapter 140
Chapter 140

08:01


Chapter 141
Chapter 141

07:56


Chapter 142
Chapter 142

06:00


Chapter 143
Chapter 143

05:54


Chapter 144
Chapter 144

06:14


Chapter 145
Chapter 145

07:21


Chapter 146
Chapter 146

06:28


Chapter 147
Chapter 147

06:29


Chapter 148
Chapter 148

07:24


Chapter 149
Chapter 149

07:09


Chapter 150
Chapter 150

07:15


Chapter 151
Chapter 151

07:30


Chapter 152
Chapter 152

07:42


Chapter 153
Chapter 153

06:59


Chapter 154
Chapter 154

05:27


Chapter 155
Chapter 155

05:57


Chapter 156
Chapter 156

07:51


Chapter 157
Chapter 157

06:04


Chapter 158
Chapter 158

07:22


Chapter 159
Chapter 159

07:12


Chapter 160
Chapter 160

07:42


Chapter 161
Chapter 161

06:52


Chapter 162
Chapter 162

08:02


Chapter 163
Chapter 163

05:29


Chapter 164
Chapter 164

06:04


Chapter 165
Chapter 165

06:18


Chapter 166
Chapter 166

06:57


Chapter 167
Chapter 167

07:16


Chapter 168
Chapter 168

07:19


Chapter 169
Chapter 169

07:50


Chapter 170
Chapter 170

07:52


Chapter 171
Chapter 171

07:36


Chapter 172
Chapter 172

06:54


Chapter 173
Chapter 173

05:32


Chapter 174
Chapter 174

06:41


Chapter 175
Chapter 175

06:49


Chapter 176
Chapter 176

06:48


Chapter 177
Chapter 177

06:55


Chapter 178
Chapter 178

07:24


Chapter 179
Chapter 179

06:00


Chapter 180
Chapter 180

06:23


Chapter 181
Chapter 181

05:14


Chapter 182
Chapter 182

06:46


Chapter 183
Chapter 183

06:58


Chapter 184
Chapter 184

06:16


Chapter 185
Chapter 185

06:09


Chapter 186
Chapter 186

06:26


Chapter 187
Chapter 187

00:38