Who ruled the German Empire? Bismarck or Wilhelm I

Who ruled the German Empire? Bismarck or Wilhelm I

  • Wilhelm I

    Votes: 7 46.7%
  • Bismarck

    Votes: 8 53.3%
  • They just agreed on everything

    Votes: 0 0.0%

  • Total voters
    15
Sep 2010
3,538
Somewhere in the former First French Empire
#1
Don't take the question to serious since it is obvious that Kaiser Wilhelm I was the head of state, but it often seems Wilhelm was somewhat the tool for Bismarck to get his plans trough. Of course the two were great friends, but how was the reality? Who in the end made the decissions good old Kaiser Wilhelm or Bismarck?


Bismarck


Wilhelm I
 
Apr 2011
1,286
Melbourne
#2
It is, on the contrary, quite a serious question. Despite Wilhelm's official position and occasional displays of independence, he was ultimately rather weak, and fell prey numerous times to Bismarck's childish antics. The latter, while one might hesitate just short of the ambiguous "rule", certainly came very close to it.
 
Sep 2010
3,538
Somewhere in the former First French Empire
#3
It is, on the contrary, quite a serious question. Despite Wilhelm's official position and occasional displays of independence, he was ultimately rather weak, and fell prey numerous times to Bismarck's childish antics. The latter, while one might hesitate just short of the ambiguous "rule", certainly came very close to it.
So in some way you say Wilhelm II was stronger minded then his grandfather?