Biographics video on Wilhelm II – a very good short introduction
Royal Cousins at War
“An excellent documentary on Wilhelm II which will be very useful for students of the Great War, German nationalism and German history in general.”
In addition to the relevant chapter in your textbook, you should read Geoff Layton, Access to History. From Kaiser to Fuhrer: Germany 1900-1945 (Hodder, 2009):
- Chapter 1 Germany in 1900
- Chapter 2 Domestic Politics in Wilhelmine Germany 1900-1914
- Chapter 3 German Foreign Policy, 1890-1914
- Bob Whitfield, ‘Germany under Wilhem II, 1890-1914’ in ibid., Heineman Advanced History: Germany 1848-1914 (Heineman 2000)
- Derrick Murphy and Terry Morris, ‘Wilhelm II’s Germany, 1888-1914’, in Ibid., Flagship History: Germany 1848-1945 (Collins, 2008), pp. 85-112
Broadening your perspective
- Wolfgang J. Mommsen, ‘Kaiser Wilhelm II and German Politics’, in the The Journal of Contemporary History, vol. 25 (1990), pp. 289-316.
- Geoff Eley, ‘The view from the throne: the Personal Rule of Kaiser Wilhelm II’, in The Historical Journal, 28, 2 (1985), pp. 469-485.
Interpretations of Wilhelm II
- Michael Jeffries, Contesting the German Empire, 1871-1918 (Wiley-Blackwell, 2008) covers both Bismarck and Wilhelm II.
Also see the following on the Harden-Eulenburg affair:
- Claudia Bruns ‘Masculinity, sexuality, and the German nation’, in Clayton, J. Whisnant,
Queer identities and politics in Germany: a History 1880-1945(New York: 2016), pp. 119-141.
- Prince Philip of Eulenburg
- On the Eulenburg affair
- The Eulenburg Affair