What Happens When a Bad-Tempered, Distractible Doofus Runs an Empire?

Donald Trump is reminiscent of Kaiser Wilhelm II, during whose reign the upper echelons of the German government began to unravel into a free-for-all

During Kaiser Wilhelm II’s reign, the upper echelons of the German government began to unravel into a free-for-all, with officials wrangling against one another. Photo: Hulton-Deutsch Collection/CORBIS/Corbis via Getty Images

By Miranda Carter