is a term for the period of German
history, also known as the German Empire
. The term Wilhelmine Germany refers to the period running from the proclamation of Wilhelm I
as German Kaiser
in 1871 to the abdication of his grandson Wilhelm II
Although the father of Wilhelm II, Friedrich III, was not named Wilhelm, he was only Kaiser for three months, and hence almost the entire period 1871-1918 saw a Kaiser named Wilhelm.