Wilhelm II, German Emperor

1859 - 1941

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Wilhelm II (Friedrich Wilhelm Viktor Albert; 27 January 1859 – 4 June 1941), anglicised as William II, was the last German Emperor (German: Kaiser) and King of Prussia, reigning from 15 June 1888 until his abdication on 9 November 1918. Despite strengthening the German Empire's position as a great power by building a powerful navy, his tactless public statements and erratic foreign policy greatly antagonized the international community and are considered by many to be one of the underlying causes for World War I. When the German war effort collapsed after a series of crushing defeats on the Western Front in 1918, he was forced to abdicate, thereby marking the end of the German Empire and the House of Hohenzollern's 300-year reign in Prussia and 500-year reign in Brandenburg. Wilhelm II was the son of Prince Frederick William of Prussia and Victoria, Princess Royal. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Wilhelm II, German Emperor has received more than 12,781,830 page views. His biography is available in 97 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 94 in 2019). Wilhelm II, German Emperor is the 99th most popular politician (up from 105th in 2019), the 33rd most popular biography from Germany (up from 35th in 2019) and the 4th most popular German Politician.

Wilhelm II, German Emperor, was most famous for being the last German Emperor and King of Prussia. He ruled from 1888-1918. He was a grandson of Queen Victoria of England and Prince Albert. He was the son of Emperor Frederick III and Victoria, Princess Royal. Wilhelm was a grandson of Queen Victoria of England and Prince Albert. He was the son of Emperor Frederick III and Victoria, Princess Royal.

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Among politicians, Wilhelm II, German Emperor ranks 99 out of 15,710Before him are Boris Yeltsin, Philip II of Spain, Philip II of Macedon, Giuseppe Garibaldi, Leonid Brezhnev, and Murad IV. After him are Ivar the Boneless, Cleopatra, Herod the Great, Muammar Gaddafi, Hirohito, and Philip IV of France.

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Among people born in 1859, Wilhelm II, German Emperor ranks 2Before him is Arthur Conan Doyle. After him are Henri Bergson, Knut Hamsun, L. L. Zamenhof, John Dewey, Edmund Husserl, Pierre Curie, Alfred Dreyfus, Georges Seurat, Svante Arrhenius, and Billy the Kid. Among people deceased in 1941, Wilhelm II, German Emperor ranks 1After him are Rabindranath Tagore, Henri Bergson, Virginia Woolf, James Joyce, Robert Baden-Powell, 1st Baron Baden-Powell, Alfonso XIII of Spain, Maximilian Kolbe, James George Frazer, Walther Nernst, Arthur Evans, and Emanuel Lasker.

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In Germany

Among people born in Germany, Wilhelm II, German Emperor ranks 33 out of 5,289Before him are Heinrich Himmler (1900), Martin Heidegger (1889), Thomas Mann (1875), Hermann Hesse (1877), Johannes Kepler (1571), and Erwin Rommel (1891). After him are Friedrich Schiller (1759), Bertolt Brecht (1898), Karl Dönitz (1891), Felix Mendelssohn (1809), Adolf Eichmann (1906), and Angela Merkel (1954).

Among POLITICIANS In Germany

Among politicians born in Germany, Wilhelm II, German Emperor ranks 4Before him are Otto von Bismarck (1815), Henry Kissinger (1923), and Heinrich Himmler (1900). After him are Angela Merkel (1954), Otto I, Holy Roman Emperor (912), Hermann Göring (1893), Joseph Goebbels (1897), Reinhard Heydrich (1904), Klemens von Metternich (1773), William I, German Emperor (1797), and Frederick the Great (1712).