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How Nicky and Willy could
have prevented World War I

Washington Post, by Graham Allison

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Posted By:StormCnter, 7/27/2014 4:29:10 PM

One hundred years ago this week, Tsar Nicholas II of Russia and Kaiser Wilhelm of Germany exchanged a series of telegrams to try to stop the rush to a war that neither of them wanted. They signed their notes “Nicky” and “Willy.” Cousins who vacationed together, hunted together and enjoyed dressing up in the uniforms of each other’s military officers when sailing on their yachts, these two great-great-grandsons of Paul I of Russia wrote to each other in English, affirming their mutual interests and outlining an agreement that would have resolved the crisis on terms acceptable to both rulers.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: NorthernDog, 7/27/2014 4:47:07 PM     (No. 9942298)

At this point I´m more worried about WWIII. Imagine the Islamic states, Russia, and China uniting against the West. Stranger things have happened.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: guyfromnh, 7/27/2014 4:47:41 PM     (No. 9942300)

Sorry, appears to be behind a WP Paywall.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: StormCnter, 7/27/2014 4:56:07 PM     (No. 9942314)

No it´s not, #2. It´s available without any barrier.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Jennie C., 7/27/2014 6:24:57 PM     (No. 9942380)

We´re getting close to the end of the month. The WaPo limits how many articles you can read free for a month. I´ve hit the limit before, too.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Scribelus, 7/27/2014 6:31:46 PM     (No. 9942385)

The attack of Austria-Hungary on Serbia, in supposed revenge for the assassination of the heir-apparent to the throne, precipitated the war. Von Moltke the Elder, Germany´s Chief of Staff, encouraged them to do so because of a fear of Russia´s encroaching vast military and economic development. The Kaiser enthusiastically went along.
Nicholas II tended to espouse the opinion he had last heard (largely that of France), and launched his ill-prepared "steamroller".
Germany bears the greatest responsibility for the initiation of war. The Staff believed that they could defeat France in six weeks, then turn on the Russians.
Hubris at the outset, followed by Nemesis.






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Reply 6 - Posted by: nevernaught, 7/27/2014 6:39:29 PM     (No. 9942391)

So what, Obama calls Putin ´Pooty Poo´, and Putin calls Obama ´Gay Boy´. That isn´t going to stop WW3.

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