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    Default What happens when a bad tempered easily distracted doofus runs an empire?



    Ha ha fooled you, now go read the New Yorker for some comparative history.

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    Whatever else you say about the guy, you have to admit that ol’ Kaiser Bill had a magnificent mustache.

    He also had the small hand, but that was just the polio. Which is also coming back to America courtesy of the anti-vaxxers and the fundamentalists. Yay.

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    After WW1 he went to The Netherlands where he lived in a small castle not far from Germany and spent his time chopping down trees. When WW2 started and the German army marched into The Netherlands he stood waiting for them in front of his house dressed in his best uniform, but the soldiers did not recognize him. He died a short time after that.

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    Did he institute national healthcare, or was it his father?

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    Quote Originally Posted by David W Pratt View Post
    Did he institute national healthcare, or was it his father?
    No, at that time his grandfather Wilhelm I was emperor. The reason to establish a social insurance was the growing power of the labour movement (Sozialdemokraten).
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    Just reading a book, subtitled Defending Britain from attack.
    The author quotes two sources on Kaiser Bill. His mother considered him to be "as blind and green, wrong headed and violent on politics as can be". His uncle 'Berty' as "the most brilliant failure in history".
    It really is quite difficult to build an ugly wooden boat.

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    Deeply envious of his cousins boats — that caused a lot of trouble.

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    His cousin had some pretty sweet boats, one in particular that I really like. Too bad she was scuttled.
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    After reading about Wilhelm 2 I feel again that monarchies, even constitutional monarchies are not only outdated but also inhuman.

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