Originally Posted by Argent Stonecutter
That was kind of an excuse, not a cause.
The arch duke wasn't even that well liked. He married a commoner and had atrocious social skills.
Germany (or at least the
German general staff) had been trolling for a big war since shortly after 1905, and the only reason it took until 1914 was Wilhelm's inconsistent dithering. One time the British even bought him off by offering him a British marine sergeant major dress uniform (on the advice of Prince George to her majesty Queen Victoria) to play dress up in. Both Wilhelm and Tsar Alexander loved dressing up in other country's uniforms, they loved the braid.
Yes, folks, there is a LOT of black comedy gold at the turn of the 20th century.