The war's premier source of ridicule and derision—at least among the Allied nations and the U.S.—was Queen Victoria's grandson, Kaiser Wilhelm of Germany, who morphed into "The Beast of Berlin," in good part due to his incorrigible habit of making provocative and belligerent statements. In this cartoon by American Orson Lowell from the Library of Congress collection, the Kaiser hangs by a noose which is attached to a plank of wood marked "Greedy Ambition." Figures representing other countries which fought Germany during World War I, such as Uncle Sam, John Bull, and Marianne, push a globe from under his feet using their arms and wooden levers. In the background, a man in a uniform stands alone, holding a ring labeled "Russia." A dove of peace is perched on the ring, symbolizing Russia's recent declaration of peace. The editors have overlayed several versions of a popular rhyme of the day about Wilhelm.
Love the cricket reference!ReplyDelete
Well deserved characterization. As the war progressed he fairly quickly lost effective rule which was taken over by the military. Maybe Hindenburg should have been a bigger target for the Allied media?ReplyDelete