History of the Iron Cross and Order of Louise

After Prussia’s crushing defeat at Jena during the Napoleonic wars, its King issued some drastic military reforms. One of the most crucial reforms was the fact that individual merit was valued much more than social status and whether someone was of noble descent or not. An order by the Prussian King from 1806 encapsulated thisContinue reading “History of the Iron Cross and Order of Louise”

The Kapp-Lüttwitz Putsch nearly ending the Weimar Republic (March, 1920)

After the German Empire lost the First World War and the Kaiser abdicated, the newly established Weimar Republic lingered in an incredibly unstable and chaotic situation. Both the far left and far right rejected parliamentary democracy. It’s a very fascinating time period with many different parties, interests and developments rapidly following each other up. AsContinue reading “The Kapp-Lüttwitz Putsch nearly ending the Weimar Republic (March, 1920)”

The Last Kaiser: Abdication and Exile of Wilhelm II

On November 10th 1918, the German Emperor Wilhelm II  arrived in the Netherlands, his place of exile, by train.  Following the First World War three of the largest European Empires collapsed, with the German Empire being the last, after the November revolution broke out in several harbours and cities, and spread to its capital Berlin.Continue reading “The Last Kaiser: Abdication and Exile of Wilhelm II”

The Prussian Scam Artist that Robbed an entire Town

Prussia during the 19th century was an anomaly in the European theatre. By the early 20th century Prussia had managed to unify Germany in the German Empire, with its Kaiser, Wilhelm II at its head. Ingrained in Prussia’s culture was undisguised militarism, including the collective urge to obey army officers. Prussia’s militarism and its population’sContinue reading “The Prussian Scam Artist that Robbed an entire Town”