In 1858 Vicky had married Frederick III, the son of Germany's leader, Kaiser Wilhelm I
, which made Frederick and Vicky's son -- soon to be Kaiser Wilhelm II -- Queen Victoria's grandson.
His grandfather, Wilhelm I
, had presided over Prussia's military victories, which enabled Bismarck to create the unified Reich in 1871.
FREDERICK WILHELM I
of Prussia once instructed his 12-year-old son Fritz, who was to become Frederick the Great: "Make sure always to have a strong army; there is no better friend and without it you will not be able to assert yourself.
Although he shared with his father (Friedrich Wilhelm I
, 1688-1740) the goal of economic and military development of Prussia, he was in other ways very different.
These documents (minutes from the court proceedings, correspondence by judges, judicial evaluations of the case, street pamphlets, and finally Friedrich Wilhelm I
's death sentence) not only provide us with the only biographical information still extant, but also with indirect statements by the accused, refracted, to be sure, through the viewpoints of her accusers and judges.
Bebel goes on to say that, "As a metropolis, Berlin did nor emerge from a state of barbarism into civilization until after 1870." By the time of Kaiser Wilhelm I
's death in spring 1888, Berlin was on the move, finally improving its sewage system, building the Technical University, an S-Bahn (elevated rail line), installing electric lamps and in a few places, telephones.
To achieve this recognition he adopted a grandiose stance as the knight who was leading the nation to greatness and cast himself in the mold of his supposedly heroic grandfather, Wilhelm I
, instead of his weak father.
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