Michaelis, Georg

Michaelis, Georg

(gā`ôrkh mĭkh'äā`lĭs), 1857–1936, German chancellor (July–Oct., 1917). A Prussian bureaucrat, he succeeded Theobald von Bethmann-HollwegBethmann-Hollweg, Theobald von
, 1856–1921, German chancellor. A career civil servant, he became minister of the interior (1905) and secretary of state (1907), and in 1909 succeeded Bernhard von Bülow as chancellor.
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 as imperial chancellor and was dominated by the military leaders, particularly Erich LudendorffLudendorff, Erich
, 1865–1937, German general. A disciple of Schlieffen, he served in World War I as chief of staff to Field Marshal Hindenburg and was largely responsible for German military decisions.
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. When asked to endorse the resolution passed by the Reichstag favoring peace without annexation or indemnities, he tried to avoid committing himself by stating that he would support the resolution "as I understand it."
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