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5.0 out of 5 stars A fascinating and revealing work showing incompetance lead to WW I, 24 Mar 2010
This review is from: The Three Emperors: Three Cousins, Three Empires and the Road to World War One (Hardcover)
Miranda Carter The Three Emperors

My wife gave me this book which for Christmas, I am so grateful to her - it's superb. Miranda has a gift for writing detailed history fascinatingly. Hereditary power is a killer - and in the cases of Nicholas II and Kaiser Wilhelm II, killers of millions of men in the vile conditions of WWI. Every other book purporting to describe the origins of the First World War starts with Archduke Ferdinand, and wanders on from there. THE cause was Wilhelm II - a physical and mental cripple. He stomped around in a variety of military uniforms, just wishing he could lead his armies to war. He started the Naval race against England, but his navy lost its only battle in Jutland, and was ordered not to fight thereafter. Wilhelm gave a constant stream of conflicting orders for years, until the Military ignored him and took over. Nicholas prevented his nobles from taking any part in Government in case they challenged him. They just decorated his Court. The British Aristocracy viewed participation in Government as an honour, and we were so lucky that George V just wanted to collect stamps and shoot birds. All three of the Emperors had almost zero grasp of the affairs of state. Neither Nicholas nor George really wanted anything to do with running their countries. And because of their rampant incompetence millions of fathers, sons, mothers, daughters died, families were ruined, and the whole World just lost lost lost. Whilst we in the UK appear to be run by a crooked Stupocracy, I'm so grateful it's them and not the three Emperors or their ilk.
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