Monday, April 1, 2019

Fact of the Day: Wilhelm II vs Otto von Bismarck

Wilhelm II became the German Emperor (Kaiser) after a brief reign by his father. Otto von Bismarck expected not to live to see the prince reign as Kaiser, so he had no strategy to deal with him, which marked the end of his career. 

9 comments:

  1. Mmmmm, interesting.

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  2. Germany was a fairly new nation-state at the time.

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  3. Thank God for little, naughty, haughty, deformed Wilhelm 11, that Otto
    was an old man.

    "Otto Eduard Leopold, Prince of Bismarck, Duke of Lauenburg (Born von Bismarck-Schönhausen; German: Otto Eduard Leopold Fürst[3] von Bismarck, Herzog zu Lauenburg; 1 April 1815 – 30 July 1898), known as Otto von Bismarck (German: [ˈɔtoː fɔn ˈbɪsmark] (About this soundlisten)), was a conservative Prussian statesman who dominated German and European affairs from the 1860s until 1890 and was the first Chancellor of the German Empire between 1871 and 1890."

    Prince Otto should have put naughty Willie, a favourite of Queen Victoria,
    across his knees and belted the shit out of the twerp.
    Maybe then we wouldn't have had WW1.
    Colin

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  4. Ahhh the Bismarks...Willi was such a brat

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  5. It's hard to keep European royal connections during this period sorted out. What a different world it might be, if the world had been spared the horrific carnage of WW I.

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