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Palgrave Studies in Modern Monarchy

Royal Heirs in Imperial Germany

The Future of Monarchy in Nineteenth-Century Bavaria, Saxony and Württemberg

Authors: Müller, Frank Lorenz

  • Explores the lives and roles of the last three princes to inherit the crowns of the kingdoms of Bavaria, Saxony and Württemberg.
  • Examines their experiences and plans as royal heirs in the early twentieth-century.
  • Argues that the future of Germany’s monarchies was not inevitably as bleak as is suggested by their collective demise in 1918.
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About this book

This book explores the development and viability of Germany’s sub-national monarchies in the decades before their sudden demise in 1918. It does so by focusing on the men who turned out to be the last ones to inherit the crowns of the country’s three smaller kingdoms: Prince Ludwig of Bavaria, Prince Friedrich August of Saxony and Prince Wilhelm of Württemberg. Imperial Germany was not a monolithic block, but a motley federation of more than twenty allied regional monarchies, headed by the Kaiser. When the German Reich became a republic at the end of the First World War, all of these kings, grand dukes, dukes and princes were swept away within a fortnight. By examining the lives, experiences and functions of these three men as heirs to the throne during the decades when they prepared themselves for their predestined role as king, this study investigates what the future of the German model of constitutional monarchy looked like before it was so abruptly discarded.

About the authors

Frank Lorenz Müller teaches Modern History at the University of St Andrews, UK. He works on nineteenth-century European history and specializes in the history of monarchy. In 2011 he published Our Fritz: Emperor Frederick III and the Political Culture of Imperial Germany. Together with Heidi Mehrkens he has edited Sons and Heirs: Succession and Political Culture in Nineteenth-Century Europe (2015) as well as Royal Heirs and the Uses of Soft Power in Nineteenth-Century Europe (2017).

Table of contents (7 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Müller, Frank Lorenz

    Pages 1-20

  • Symptoms of the “Unnaturalness of an Institution”?

    Müller, Frank Lorenz

    Pages 21-73

  • “The Love of the People … Needs to be Acquired”

    Müller, Frank Lorenz

    Pages 75-120

  • “I and My House Feel at One with My People!”

    Müller, Frank Lorenz

    Pages 121-155

  • “We Do Not Want to be Regarded as Lesser Brothers”

    Müller, Frank Lorenz

    Pages 157-192

Buy this book

eBook £52.99
price for United Kingdom (gross)
  • ISBN 978-1-137-55127-6
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover £66.99
price for United Kingdom (gross)
  • ISBN 978-1-137-55126-9
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Royal Heirs in Imperial Germany
Book Subtitle
The Future of Monarchy in Nineteenth-Century Bavaria, Saxony and Württemberg
Authors
Series Title
Palgrave Studies in Modern Monarchy
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-55127-6
DOI
10.1057/978-1-137-55127-6
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-55126-9
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XII, 257
Number of Illustrations and Tables
2 b/w illustrations, 6 illustrations in colour
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