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


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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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5 days ago by jolilius
What Happens When a Bad-Tempered, Distractible Doofus Runs an Empire?
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6 days ago by ciocci
Excerpt: About a decade ago, I published “George, Nicholas and Wilhelm: Three Royal Cousins and the Road to World War I,” a book that was, in part, about Kaiser Wilhelm, who is probably best known for being Queen Victoria’s first grandchild and for leading Germany into the First World War. Ever since Donald Trump started campaigning for President, the Kaiser has once again been on my mind—his personal failings, and the global fallout they led to.
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11 days ago by svivek
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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12 days ago by poritsky
See, other nations have survived an incompetent leader ... Er, well. ?
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12 days ago by macloo
What Happens When a Bad-Tempered, Distractible Doofus Runs an Empire? The German precedent is not very encouraging.
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12 days ago by nwhyte
The German precedent is not very encouraging.
uspolitics  germany  history 
13 days ago 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.
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13 days ago by mirthe
Über Kaiser Wilhelm. Oder so
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13 days ago 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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14 days ago 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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14 days ago by disnet
Any similarities to persons living or dead…
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15 days ago 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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15 days ago 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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15 days ago 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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16 days ago 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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16 days ago by alphex
Applicable to Trump.
Also saving the link for when Boris becomes PM
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16 days ago by brokenbottleboy