After World War I, German Chancellor Theobald von Bethmann Hollweg
was asked how his choices, and those of other European statesmen, led to the most devastating war.
Craig writes of Germany's first chancellor in World War I, Theobald von Bethmann Hollweg
, "As soon as hostilities commenced, he found himself in a situation in which nearly all the political parties, the business community, a high proportion of the university professoriate, the bulk of the middle class, and significant portions of the working class were desirous of the most ambitious kind of territorial expansion and were sure that the war would make this possible.
Worse, at about 1900 hours, Pourtales reappeared to read a telegram from Theobald von Bethmann Hollweg
(1856-1921), the German Imperial Chancellor, to the effect that, "if Russia continued her military preparations, even though she did not proceed to mobilize, Germany would find herself compelled to mobilize, in which case she would immediately proceed to take the offensive.
On 7 February 1915, in a response to the British blockade of Germany, Chancellor Theobald Bethmann Hollweg
attempted to solidify Germany's place by issuing an official proclamation clearly outlining the illegality of Britain's blockade.
The "Blank Check" to Austria by the German Chancellor, Bethmann Hollweg
, and the Emperor, William II, clearly pointed to Germany's guilt in the war's causation.
Ni siquiera participo el canciller del Reich, Theobald von Bethmann Hollweg
Su canciller, Theobald von Bethmann Hollweg
, destrozado por la reciente muerte de su esposa, acepto la perspectiva de la guerra con taciturna resignacion.
Germany's Chancellor Theobald von Bethmann Hollweg
also dismissed Churchill's initiative.
Berchtold exulted in having received a blank check from the Kaiser, which was even cosigned by the customarily timorous Chancellor Theobald von Bethmann Hollweg
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.
66) Helmut von Moltke a Bethmann Hollweg
, 21 de diciembre 1912 (Mombauer 2010, pp.
Friedrich Payer, Von Bethmann Hollweg
bis Ebert: Erinnerungen und Bilder (Frankfurt am Main: Frankfurter Societats-Druckerei, 1923), 142-43; I am indebted to Geyer, "Insurrectionary Warfare," for this citation.