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Old December 5th, 2012, 10:31 AM   #11

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It really is quite surprising to me that Victoria and Albert's matchmaking efforts to tie-in most of the Royal Houses of Europe into an Anglo-German family did not have better or more long lasting diplomatic results.
I think that it might well have made a difference with regard to Germany if Princess Victoria's husband had survived, but they got Wilhelm instead, with his peculiar mixture of Anglophilia and Anglophobia, and there was nothing there to encourage good relations between England and Germany. As for 'Kaiserin Friedrich', she was frozen out, the Kaiser's children hardly saw her, and the kind of liberalism that was favoured by Friedrich became a dirty word.

Here's a gloriously nutty article explaining how Edward VII was to blame for the Great War:

King Edward VII - Evil Demiurge of the Triple Entente and World War I
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Old December 5th, 2012, 11:38 AM   #12

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Personally I revile the idea of turning from Salic law to appease the feminist and PC fanatics that strive everyday to lessen the influence of men and weaken their hold over their homes and society.

That said, to address the august Ancientweezers what if, a more Anglophobe Kaiser Wilhelm, while helping to remove the spark between Britain and Germany would not have done anything to prevent the tragedy of Bosnia with the Arch Duke's assassination. While there would be war no doubt, it most likely would not have ignited into full fledged world war.
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