Germany's Chancellor Theobald von Bethmann Hollweg also dismissed Churchill's initiative.
Berlin officially responded this time to Churchill's call in the form of a statement by Bethmann Hollweg to the Reichstag that Germany had yet to receive formal proposals from the British government.
Had he seen it earlier (it arrived in Berlin late on the evening of the 26th), it seems very likely that his meeting with Bethmann Hollweg and other senior advisors at Potsdam on the 27th might well have compelled the Chancellor to rescind his blank cheque to Austria.
The fact that German Chancellor Bethmann Hollweg refused to plant trees on his country estate because he believed it would soon be overrun by Russians tells us much about the depressed and pessimistic frame of mind of one of the key decision-makers in the July Crisis.
fulfil the 'Tirpitz plan', in spite of British high level requests for negotiation (the Haldane Mission of 1912), the path to a shooting war was taken in Berlin with grave misgivings on the part of the Chancellor Bethmann Hollweg
Kaiser Wilhelm and Chancellor Theobald von Bethmann Hollweg
devised Austria's strategy toward Serbia.
The famous war aims memorandum drawn up by Chancellor Theobald Bethmann Hollweg
in September 1914 certainly contained a reference to a central African empire comprising the existing German colonies plus territorial concessions from the Allied powers, but this was not a detailed claim, and it appears this part of the document--drafted by Colonial Minister Wilhelm Solfunder the erroneous assumption that there were to be no German territorial claims in Europe--was added as an afterthought (Fischer 1967, pp.
Twenty years ago, I was inclined to think that Pericles was less like Bismarck than like the last pre-World War I German chancellor, Theobald von Bethmann Hollweg
, and I still suspect that the embargo against Megara was aimed at dividing Corinth from Sparta and splitting the Peloponnesian League so that Athens could fight an inevitable war on favorable terms.
54); the famous expression "scrap of paper" (a reference to the treaty of 1839 that guaranteed Belgian neutrality) should be attributed to the German Chancellor Bethmann Hollweg
, not to Kaiser William II (p.
The German Chancellor, Theobold von Bethmann Hollweg
, expressed the same sentiment in his own memoirs: "Again and again I ask myself if it could have been avoided and what I should have done differently.
In the years before the First World War, German Chancellor Ludwig von Bethmann Hollweg
often expressed his anxieties about the increasing threat posed by Russia.
As a result, the attention of British diplomatic reporting came to focus on the leading members of the government, most notably the new chancellor, Theodor von Bethmann Hollweg
, and Admiral yon Tirpitz, the navy minister.