Kaiser Wilhelm II
Kaiser Wilhelm II (27 January 1859 – 4 June 1941) was king of Prussia and German emperor . He ruled in Germany from June 1888 to November 1918. He fled to Holland at the end of the war, after his abdication due to political pressure in the midst of Germany's surrender in World War I. Wilhelm was a prominent figure in late 19th century and early 20th century politics, pursuing an aggressive foreign policy strategy known as "Weltpolitik", literally meaning "world policy" in English. Wilhelm II was obsessed with militarism, having had a say in many German military issues of the time. He was also a manic depressive, which influenced his decisions considerably, and lead to inconsistent and erratic policies. His power was undermined by 1916, with Generals Ludendorff and Von Hindenburg taking control of many wartime affairs.