October 25, 2014

The Kaiser was a dick

From The Economist's review of a new book on Wilhelm II:
[He] was convinced that a racial war in which the Teutons would have to crush the Slavs once and for all was more or less inevitable.

[W]hen Bethmann Hollweg produced his highly expansionist war-aims memorandum in September 1914, the Kaiser wanted to go even further.

In exile, his conviction that the “Jewish rabble” had deceived the German people into betraying its Kaiser and its army fuelled his anti-Semitism to the point of mania. Thanks to Hitler, Wilhelm at least died a happy man in 1941 at the height of Nazi power in Europe and as the Wehrmacht was preparing for its war of extermination in the east.


Blogger Laird of Madrona said...

Wilhelm II, along with his Habsberg cousins, were what I like to call real conservatives.

October 25, 2014 at 1:03 PM  

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