Exchange of Telegrams

In an effort to step back from War the Tsar Nicholas II and his cousin Kaiser Willhelm II began a series of telegrams which lasted for 4 days begining yesterday in 1914. While I believe the Tsar was truly interested in peace, I believe the Kaiser was stalling for time in order to delay the Russian mobilization.

The telegrams did not forstall the Great War...

J.K. Baltzersen in Oslo remembered here... thanks and tip of the beret.



Matterhorn said...

Why do you think the Tsar was sincere while the Kaiser wasn't? Just curious.

I, Richard, said...

Truly an easy question to answer.


The Kaiser was a marionette, whose character resembled most Peter III of Russia.
...Wilhelm, beginning at age 6 was tutored by the 39-year old teacher Georg Hinzpeter. He stated later that his instructor never uttered a word of praise for his efforts.[1] As a teenager he was educated at Kassel at the Friedrichsgymnasium and the University of Bonn. Wilhelm was possessed of a quick intelligence, but unfortunately this was often overshadowed by a cantankerous temper. Wilhelm took an interest in the science and technology of the age, but although he liked to pose in conversation as a man of the world, he remained convinced that he belonged to a distinct order of mankind, designated for monarchy by the grace of God. Wilhelm was accused of megalomania as early as 1892, by the Portuguese man of letters Eça de Queiroz, then in 1894 by the German pacifist Ludwig Quidde.

As a scion of the Royal house of Hohenzollern, Wilhelm was also exposed from an early age to the military society of the Prussian aristocracy. This had a major impact on him and, in maturity, Wilhelm was seldom to be seen out of uniform. The hyper-masculine military culture of Prussia in this period did much to frame Wilhelm's political ideals as well as his personal relationships...

...Although in his youth he had been a great admirer of Otto von Bismarck, Wilhelm's characteristic impatience soon brought him into conflict with the "Iron Chancellor", the dominant figure in the foundation of his empire. The new Emperor opposed Bismarck's careful foreign policy, preferring vigorous and rapid expansion to protect Germany's "place in the sun." Furthermore, the young Emperor had come to the throne with the determination that he was going to rule as well as reign, unlike his grandfather, who had largely been content to leave day-to-day administration to Bismarck...
Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wilhelm_II,_German_Emperor

More importantly, Germany was the only power in Europe which desired
hegominy over the continent. In a word the kaiser was greedy.

Nicholas on the other hand only desired peace and the protection of his religion. Serbia and Russia share a common religion, it's defense was paramount in the mind of the Russian people and the Tsar.

The Kaiser showed a concerted lack of concern over the entire crisis.
he was impatient to return to his yacht.

That is my answer.


Vara said...


In reply to your query placed on my website, you are very correct regarding Tsar St Nikolai. Of course, there is more. Firstly, the tsar was only following in the footsteps of his God-fearing father, Tsar Aleksandr Aleksandrovich. There were no foreign wars in that reign, no doubt aided by the fact that the tsar was a physically-powerful man with a tremendous "présence". At one time, the Hapsburg ambassador threatened the tsar with mobilisation on the Russian border. The tsar silently picked up an iron poker, bent it into a pretzel-shape, and threw it at the ambassador's feet. "That, sir, is what we shall do to your army!" Needless to say, there was no mobilisation, and there was no war.
Tsar St Nikolai was also inspired by the clean and decent family life provided by his father and mother. Unlike his father, Tsar Aleksandr was utterly devoted to his wife and never cheated on her. Trust me, if he had, gossipy society in Piter would have heard of it and it would have been the talk of the town. They raised their children modestly (even by bourgeois standards!), and Tsar Nikolai did likewise.
Today, Russian people say that Russia shall only move ahead if it repents of the murder of this decent and innocent man. There is a good article in the latest "Russian Life" magazine on the current veneration of the tsar-martyr that you would find interesting and inspiring. It is available at Barnes & Noble in the magazine section, and this article alone is worth the 6.50 price.
No, Tsar Nikolai was not perfect. However... he WAS decent, devout, manly, and humane... and THAT is enough.

Cheers, Gunny!

Vara Drezhlo

I, Richard, said...

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