Royal Cousins at War

At the outbreak of the First World War three cousins reigned over Europe's greatest powers - Tsar Nicholas II of Russia, Kaiser Wilhelm II of Germany and King George V of England. This two-part series looks at the role played by the three monarchs, and their relationships with each other, in the outbreak of war, arguing that it is far greater than historians have traditionally believed.

Show Info

Airs on: United Kingdom BBC Two (2014 - 2014)
Schedule: Wednesdays, Thursdays at 21:00 (60 min)
Status: Ended
Show Type: Documentary
Genres: History
Episodes ordered: 2 episodes

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Previous Episode

Into the Abyss

Episode 1x02; Feb 6, 2014

Hear how royal ructions gave rise to WWI. The Anglo-Russian entente of 1907 and Kaiser Wilhelm II's unstable behaviour led to Germany's isolation - and eventually war.

Previous Episodes

Episode NameAirdateTrailer
1x02: Into the AbyssFeb 6, 2014
1x01: A House DividedFeb 5, 2014
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