What Happens When a Bad-Tempered, Distractible Doofus Runs an Empire? | The New Yorker


33 bookmarks. First posted by farley13 june 2018.


Title alone is amazing! 😂
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august 2018 by mathewi
During Kaiser Wilhelm II’s reign, the upper echelons of the German government began to unravel into a free-for-all, with officials wrangling against one…
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august 2018 by gilcreque
During Kaiser Wilhelm II’s reign, the upper echelons of the German government began to unravel into a free-for-all, with officials wrangling against one…
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july 2018 by yudha87
A question whose time has come (again)
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july 2018 by kcarruthers
The real lesson of Kaiser Wilhelm II, however, may be that Trump’s leaving office might not be the end of the problems he may bring on or exacerbate—it may be only the beginning.
june 2018 by lorainell
history of Kaiser Wilhelm and the consequences of having an idiot run a superpower
trump  politics  psychology  idiocy  history  WWI 
june 2018 by emmacarlson
One of the few things that Kaiser Wilhelm II, who ruled Germany from 1888 to 1918, had a talent for was causing outrage. A particular specialty was insulting other monarchs. He called the diminutive King Victor Emmanuel III of Italy “the dwarf” in front of the king’s own entourage. via Pocket
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june 2018 by jolilius
What Happens When a Bad-Tempered, Distractible Doofus Runs an Empire?
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june 2018 by ciocci
One of the few things that Kaiser Wilhelm II, who ruled Germany from 1888 to 1918, had a talent for was causing outrage. A particular specialty was insulting other monarchs. He called the diminutive King Victor Emmanuel III of Italy “the dwarf” in front of the king’s own entourage. He called Prince (later Tsar) Ferdinand, of Bulgaria, “Fernando naso,” on account of his beaky nose, and spread rumors that he was a hermaphrodite. Since Wilhelm was notably indiscreet, people always knew what he was saying behind their backs. Ferdinand had his revenge. After a visit to Germany, in 1909, during which the Kaiser slapped him on the bottom in public and then refused to apologize, Ferdinand awarded a valuable arms contract that had been promised to the Germans to a French company instead.
politics  history 
june 2018 by svivek
Miranda Carter draws comparisons between President Donald Trump and Kaiser Wilhelm II, whose touchiness, unpredictability, and narcissism helped precipitate the fall of the German Empire.
june 2018 by jokela
Sounds great!
politics  history 
june 2018 by leereamsnyder
One of the few things that Kaiser Wilhelm II, who ruled Germany from 1888 to 1918, had a talent for was causing outrage. A particular specialty was insulting…
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june 2018 by poritsky
See, other nations have survived an incompetent leader ... Er, well. ?
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june 2018 by macloo
What Happens When a Bad-Tempered, Distractible Doofus Runs an Empire? The German precedent is not very encouraging.
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june 2018 by nwhyte
The German precedent is not very encouraging.
uspolitics  germany  history 
june 2018 by nwlinks
Donald Trump is reminiscent of Kaiser Wilhelm II, during whose reign the upper echelons of the German government began to unravel into a free-for-all.
history  Europe  germany  Trump  politics 
june 2018 by mirthe
Über Kaiser Wilhelm. Oder so
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june 2018 by praschl
The Kaiser viewed other people in instrumental terms, was a compulsive liar, and seemed to have a limited understanding of cause and effect.
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june 2018 by souldoubt
During Kaiser Wilhelm II’s reign, the upper echelons of the German government began to unravel into a free-for-all, with officials wrangling against one…
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june 2018 by disnet
Any similarities to persons living or dead…
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june 2018 by ebv
During Kaiser Wilhelm II’s reign, the upper echelons of the German government began to unravel into a free-for-all, with officials wrangling against one…
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june 2018 by aburgel
One of the few things that Kaiser Wilhelm II, who ruled Germany from 1888 to 1918, had a talent for was causing outrage. A particular specialty was insulting other monarchs. He called the diminutive King Victor Emmanuel III of Italy “the dwarf” in front of the king’s own entourage. via Pocket
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june 2018 by rjp
During Kaiser Wilhelm II’s reign, the upper echelons of the German government began to unravel into a free-for-all, with officials wrangling against one…
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june 2018 by wahoo5
During Kaiser Wilhelm II’s reign, the upper echelons of the German government began to unravel into a free-for-all, with officials wrangling against one…
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june 2018 by alphex
Applicable to Trump.
Also saving the link for when Boris becomes PM
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june 2018 by brokenbottleboy