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100 Years On – Abdication

On November 9, 1918, Friedrich Wilhelm Viktor Albert von Hohenzollern, King of Prussia and Emperor of Germany, abdicated his throne and ended monarchy in Germany.  Over the course of the war, the increased influence of the military, especially that of Ludendorf and Hindenburg, atrophied the power of the Kaiser.

Eventually, as revolution raged in the streets of Berlin and other German cities, Kaiser Wilhelm II was informed that the army would not fight to keep him on the throne.  His abdication was quickly followed by the creation of a republic in Germany.  Wilhelm lived out his days in exile.

Wilhelm had been a bombastic keystone in the arch of monarchy that stretched over pre-war Europe.  Many, including me, place at least partial blame for the initiation of the to his belicose support of Austria-Hungary during the crisis of 1914.

The Great War ended soon after the departure of Wilhelm from the stage.  The republic that replaced him was ill-fated, and it was replaced in its turn by an even worse dictatorship.

 

 

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  1. mrgarabaldi

     /  November 9, 2018

    Hey DB;

    The Weimar republic had a lot of issues facing it, and the deck was stacked against it, and it might have survived if the United States didn’t fall into depression in 1929 since most of the loans guaranteed to the German banks were American. The resulting crash devastated the German economy and it allowed the Nazi’s to gain power.

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  2. OldNFO

     /  November 9, 2018

    It’s a twisted trail, no question.

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