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Three Episodes in the Life of Kaiser Wilhelm II: The Leslie Stephen Lecture 1955

Wheeler-Bennett, J. W.

Published by Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, England, 1956
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From Wikipedia: "Sir John Wheeler Wheeler-Bennett (1902 1975), GCVO, CMG, OBE, FBA, FRSL was a conservative English historian of German and diplomatic history, and the official biographer of King George VI. Wheeler-Bennett was born in Keston, Kent, the son of a wealthy importer on 13 October 1902. He was educated at a school in Westgate on Sea and Malvern College. He did not regard his youth as a happy one. In the 1920s, Wheeler-Bennett worked as an aide to General Sir Neil Malcolm in the Middle East and Berlin. After leaving Malcolm's employ, Wheeler-Bennett served in the publicity department of the League of Nations in 1923-1924 in Geneva. Afterwards, Wheeler-Bennett worked as the director of the Royal Institute of International Affairs' information department. In particular, Wheeler-Bennett worked as the editor of the Bulletin of International News between 1924-1932. He lived in Germany between 1927 1934 and witnessed first-hand the collapse of the Weimar Republic and the rise of Nazi Germany. During this period, he became an unofficial agent and advisor to London on international events. Wheeler-Bennet's biography of Paul von Hindenburg created his reputation as a historian. Another great success was The Forgotten Peace, a study of the Treaty of Brest-Litovsk. This is still regarded as the standard historical study of the subject. After the Second World War, Wheeler-Bennett was a critic of Appeasement and 10 years after the Munich Agreement wrote a book condemning it. In the pre-1939 period, Wheeler-Bennett befriended or was at least on speaking terms with a number of well-known people all over Europe. Some of the people he had some contact with included Heinrich Brüning, Basil Liddell Hart, Franz von Papen, John Buchan, Carl Friedrich Goerdeler, Leon Trotsky, Hans von Seeckt, Max Hoffmann, Lewis Bernstein Namier, Benito Mussolini, Robert Bruce Lockhart, Karl Radek, Sir Robert Gilbert Vansittart, Kurt von Schleicher, Sir Isaiah Berlin, Tomas Masaryk, Engelbert Dollfuss, the former Kaiser Wilhelm II, Adam von Trott zu Solz, Louis Barthou, Lord Lothian, Winston Churchill, and Dr. Edvard Benes. In 1939, he went to the United States to serve as a lecturer on international relations at the University of Virginia. Wheeler-Bennett was strongly pro-American and always considered the American South to be his favourite part of the American republic. From 1940 onwards, he worked with the British Information Service in New York City, an agency charged with trying to persuade the United States to enter the war on the Allied side. Whilst here, he was a supporter of the German Resistance to Hitler and became friendly with Adam von Trott zu Solz. Starting in 1942, Wheeler-Bennett worked in the Political Warfare department of the British Foreign Office in London. Wheeler-Bennett gained his reward, being promoted to the Assistant Director General of Political Intelligence Department before going on to serve in the Political Adviser's Department in SHAEF in 1944-1945. In 1945-1946, Wheeler-Bennett assisted the British Prosecution at the Nuremberg Trials. In 1945, Wheeler-Bennett married an American woman named Ruth Risher and settled after the war at Garsington Manor, near Garsington, United Kingdom. Despite his lack of university education and his status as a self-proclaimed amateur historian, Wheeler-Bennett was hired to teach International Relations at St. Antony's College and at New College at Oxford University after World War II from 1946-1950. In 1946, the British Foreign Office appointed him the British editor-in-chief of the edition Documents on German Foreign Policy. This publication was based on the captured archive of the German Foreign Office that had fallen into British and American hands in April 1945. The project was terminated in 1959 as a tripartite project of British, American and French historians. The West Germans continued the document edition on a quadripartite basis under the title Akten zur deutschen Auswaertigen. Goo. Bookseller Inventory # 68819

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Title: Three Episodes in the Life of Kaiser Wilhelm...

Publisher: Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, England

Publication Date: 1956

Binding: Wraps

Edition: Presumed first edition/first printing.

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