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Monday, 2 March 2015

Theobald von Bethmann-Hollweg

Theobald von Bethmann-Hollweg

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Branch: Government
Born: 29 November 1856 in Hohenfinow, Brandenburg.
Died: 1 January 1921 in

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Chancellor of Germany 14 July 1909 to 13 July 1917

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Theobald von Bethmann Hollweg, the noted German statesman, was born at Hohenfinow, Eberswalde, November 29th, 1856. Educated in strasbourg, Leipzig and Berlin, he took degrees in law and philosophy and entered the Civil Service, 1879. He was made president of Brandenburg in 1901 and vice-president of the Prussian and vice-president of the Prussian ministry in 1907. In succession to Prince Bernhard von Bülow he was appointed by Wilhelm II in 1909 imperial chancellor and minister president of Prussia, and be held those important positions when the Great War broke out. In numerous speeches in the Reichstag Bethmann Hollwegg defended the action of Germany. On August 4th 1914 he attempted to justify the invasion of Belgium on the plea that necessity knows no law and he set forth the German aims. During the latter part of 1916 he coquetted with a movement in Germany towards democracy but the german military party countenance him and their opposition led to his fall. On July 13, 1917, Wilhelm II accepted his resignation. In 1919 Theobald von Bethmann Hollweg published a book justifying his conduct for the war. He died January 2nd, 1921.

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