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The Schemes of the Kaiser   By: (1836-1936)

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Juliette Adam's historical account, The Schemes of the Kaiser, delves into the manipulative tactics employed by Kaiser Wilhelm II during his reign as the German Emperor. In this gripping narrative, Adam presents a detailed exploration of Wilhelm's personality, shedding light on his ambitious schemes and their consequences for the European stage.

Adam's writing showcases her extensive research and meticulous attention to detail, making The Schemes of the Kaiser a deeply informative and engrossing read. Drawing from a wide range of sources, including personal correspondence and historical records, she weaves together a vivid account of Wilhelm's elaborate plans for German dominance.

One of the book's strengths lies in its ability to humanize the enigmatic figure of the Kaiser. Adam skillfully portrays Wilhelm as a complex character, driven by a combination of insecurities and grandiose ambitions. By delving into his upbringing and psychological motivations, she offers readers a nuanced understanding of the forces that shaped his actions.

The author's clear and concise writing style ensures that even those with limited knowledge of European history can easily follow along. Adam avoids overwhelming readers with unnecessary jargon, instead providing accessible explanations of complex political maneuvers. Her storytelling ability aids in effectively conveying the tension and intrigue surrounding Wilhelm's actions, capturing the reader's attention from start to finish.

Despite its merits, The Schemes of the Kaiser suffers from occasional pacing issues, with certain sections feeling overly drawn-out. The book may have benefitted from tighter editing to maintain a more consistent narrative flow. Additionally, while Adam presents a comprehensive overview of Wilhelm's schemes, deeper analysis of their long-term effects on European politics would have enriched the narrative.

In conclusion, Juliette Adam's The Schemes of the Kaiser is a well-researched and compelling examination of the manipulative tactics employed by Kaiser Wilhelm II. Through meticulous attention to detail and a clear writing style, Adam successfully brings to life the complexities of the Kaiser's character and the impact of his schemes. Despite some pacing issues and a desire for deeper analysis, this book is an excellent choice for anyone interested in understanding the dynamics of German and European politics during the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

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From the French of Juliette Adam

by J. O. P. Bland

New York E. P. Dutton & Company 1918 Printed in Great Britain


More fortunate than the majority of the prophets who cannot speak smooth things, Madame Adam has lived to find honour in her own country: La grande Fran├žaise has come into her own. God willing, she should live to see that revanche for which, through good and evil report, she has laboured unceasingly these forty five years, to see the arrogant Prussian humbled to the dust and Alsace Lorraine restored to France. 1917, she firmly believes will revenge and reverse the tragedy of 1871. More fortunate than the great British soldier who spent his veteran days in warning his countrymen of the ordeal to come, Madame Adam, now in her eighty first year, may yet hope to see the banners of the Allies crowned with victory, the black wreaths on the statue of Strasburg in the Place de la Concorde changed to garlands of rejoicing.

There have been dark days in these forty five years, times when, even to herself, the struggle for la patrie seemed almost a forlorn hope. It was so at the time of the Berlin Congress in 1878, when, after his visit to Germany, Gambetta abandoned the idea of la revanche ... Continue reading book >>

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