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Kaiser Wilhelm I
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    (March 22, 1797-March 9, 1888)
    Birth name is Wilhelm Friedrich Ludwig
    Son of King Friedrich Wilhelm III
    Brother of King Friedrich Wilhelm IV
    Prince Regent (1858-1861)
    King in Prussia (1861)
    German Emperor (1871)
    He was Otto von Bismarck's pawn.
    Though he and his chancellor-puppeteer often quarreled, Bismarck always got the upper hand, simply by threatening to resign.
    The German Empire was arrogantly proclaimed, with the Franco-Prussian War still on, in the Hall of Mirrors of the Versailles Palace.
    Wilhelm's Germany then annexed a part of France and demanded a ruinous indemnity.
    French resentment would be at the root of World War I.
    He despised his title of German Emperor: he would have preferred a more dignified 'Emperor of Germany.'
    He was a die-hard conservative, and oppressed Catholics and socialists.
    He escaped several assassination attempts.
    He was wise enough to grant Bismarck his total confidence.
    He (and Bismarck!) achieved the unification of Germany.
    He (and Bismarck!) won the numerous wars undertaken under his reign.
    At the time of his death, Germany was one of the World’s great powers.
    He was extremely well-mannered.

Credit: Sviatoslav Mixer

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