Theobald Von Bethmann-Hollweg


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Bethmann-Hollweg, Theobald Von

 

Born Nov. 29, 1856, in Hohenfinow; died there on Jan. 2, 1921. German statesman.

Bethmann-Hollweg was minister of internal affairs of Prussia between 1905 and 1907 and imperial minister of foreign affairs and deputy chancellor between 1907 and 1909. He was chancellor from 1909 to 1917. Bethmann-Hollweg was supported by the Conservatives and the Catholic Center Party (the “Black and Blue Bloc”). He carried out a policy of suppressing the workers’ movement. Bethmann-Hollweg played an active role in preparing and unleashing World War I.

WORKS

In Russian translation:
Mysli o voine. Moscow-Leningrad, 1925.

REFERENCE

Eggert, Z. K. Bor’ba klassov i partii ν Germanii ν gody I-i mirovoi voiny (avgust 1914-oktiabr’ 1917). Moscow, 1957.
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