Three men, three countries, three cousins, two grandsons and one grandson-in-law of Queen Victoria. In the years leading up to World War I these men strolled upon the world stage, each with their own personalities and their own goals. George grew up under the shadow of his grandmother and playboy father. As King George V, he presided over an empire that circled the globe. Nicholas grew up in unbelievable luxury, but as Tsar Nicholas II he failed to concern himself with the serfs of his feudal society leading to one of the greatest revolutions in history and the downfall of the Romanov Dynasty. Wilhelm had a birth defect that many believed contributed to periods of emotional instability. As Kaiser Wilhelm II, he launched Germany on a bellicose new course, determined to become a respected world power. In this study group we will read and discuss George, Nicholas and Wilhelm: Three Royal Cousins and the Road to World War I (Vintage Books, 2011) by Miranda Carter who brings these men and their worlds together to provide insight into the outbreak of the war and the creation of the modern industrial world. Members of this study group are encouraged to lead a discussion during one of the weekly sessions. No class on 11/28/19.