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Kaiser Wilhelm II

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Kaiser Wilhelm II

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A fierce militarist, Wilhelm II encouraged aggressive Austro-Hungarian diplomatic policies following the assasination of Franz Ferdinand. The Kaiser was nominally in charge of the German army, but the real power lay with his generals. As World War I drew to a close, he was forced to abdicate in 1918

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