As we continue to wade through a fallow period due to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, I am consequently cutting back the length of my blog posts until there is something more substantive to write about. As a reminder, the finale of Rob Riggle: Global Investigator is scheduled to run overnight tonight, so my review will run later on Friday than my usual posting time, after I have had a chance to watch it.
In the meantime, I want to point out an unusual article that Ancient Origins ran this week. We’ve discussed many times the fact that the site has danced around white nationalist content by highlighting and celebrating themes and issues of special interest to white nationalists. This week they ran a piece by Aleska Vučković glorifying the Hohenzollern dynasty, whose members ruled over Brandenburg, Prussia, and the German Empire of 1871. The writer literally calls them “glorious.”
It goes without saying that the line of imperial Germans was not glorious in any normal sense. The Hohenzollerns presided over a colonial empire of exceptional cruelty, the third largest overseas European empire. The Germans implemented precepts based on Social Darwinism, engaged in genocidal practices and violent atrocities against the peoples they ruled, and conducted horrific medical experiments on subject populations.
The last Hohenzollern emperor, Wilhelm II, presided over Germany’s bellicose response to World War I, and did more than any other world power to turn the July Crisis of 1914 into a war that destroyed so much and so many, the deadliest in history to that time.
After being deposed, Wilhelm supported Hitler and lived to take the salute of Nazi soldiers invading his home in exile in the Netherlands. His son gave his support to Hitler and sought the Nazis’ help in rehabilitating the dynasty’s image and recouping its former assets.
So how does Ancient Origins describe this? By seemingly praising Hitler:
This line of emperors would cease soon after , when Wilhelm II, the last German Emperor, abdicated shortly before the end of the World War I. This was the result of the German Revolution of 1918, after which the royal family was abolished, and the emperor forced to abdicate. The empire was gone and was followed by the creation of the Weimar Republic in 1918, with which Germany was plunged into a whirlwind of instability, unemployment and the great depression – all of which was remedied in drastic fashion with the rise of Hitler as the new chancellor, in 1933.
Ah, that Hitler! Say what you will about his outbursts and erratic behavior. He’s great for the economy! Does anyone actually read the tripe they publish? The author of the piece is Eastern European, so some linguistic confusion may be involved, but the clear thrust of the piece is to praise authoritarians over democrats.
The article ends with the hope that Europe will restore its monarchs, and the author seems to have a quite negative view of democracy.
Good to know Ancient Origins is interested in promoting authoritarianism.
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