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Theobald von Bethmann-Hollweg

From The Great War 1914-1918
Theobald von Bethmann-Hollweg, 1913

Theobald Theodor Friedrich Alfred von Bethmann-Hollweg (29 November 1856 – 1 January 1921) was a German politician who was the Chancellor of the German Empire from 1909 to 1917.


The following timeline provides a simple chronological listing of events relating to Theobald von Bethmann-Hollweg.


4 August  ▶  Interview with Sir Edward Goschen.  ▶  Speech in Reichstag acknowledging they are doing wrong.[a]
13 September Reply to H. H. Asquith.
2 December Speech in Reichstag blaming Great Britain for the war.


  1. From the Chancellor's speech: "...A French inroad on our flank on the Lower Rhine would have been fatal to us. So we were forced to set aside the just protests of the Luxemburg and Belgian Governments. The wrong – I speak openly – the wrong that we now do we will try to make good again as soon as our military ends have been reached. When one is threatened as we are, and all is at stake, one can only think of how one can hack one's way out..."
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