Frederick III - German Emperor who could have Stopped the World Wars

  • Опубликовано: 10 янв 2019
  • German Empire lost more than 2.5 million during the I World War. The empire was abolished and the country was set on the path to the II World War. However, there was a turning point three decades before, which could have averted this path. This is the tragic, but interesting story of Frederick III and how his death possibly changed the course of World history.
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Комментарии • 1 684

  • Kings and Generals
    Kings and Generals  5 дней назад +128

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    • Shade Kastaran
      Shade Kastaran 18 часов назад

      +Feanor n And if they didn't prevent the war then they would've actually won the war due to favorable control of territory; nice AU concept.

    • Shade Kastaran
      Shade Kastaran 18 часов назад

      +Mainul Islam I'm glad that you've learned to form complete sentences at this age. [/sarcasm]

    • Shade Kastaran
      Shade Kastaran 18 часов назад

      +Merek29 - But the claim was made by K&G, therefore the burden of proof lies upon them and not us.

    • Kings and Generals
      Kings and Generals  20 часов назад

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    • cyncus1
      cyncus1 20 часов назад +1

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  • bottomtext
    bottomtext 2 часа назад

    5:07 It's Realpolitik. "Reh-ahl-politik".

  • Connor Shidler
    Connor Shidler 4 часа назад

    His wife seemed to make him more liberal. It could just be my interpretation of the documentation, but the entire culture of Prussia was against liberalism. And I didn't like his wife not liking Bismarck. How do you not like Bismarck?

  • Deo Triantama
    Deo Triantama 7 часов назад +1

    by looking this new sort of content, there will be tons of kings and generals to cover! nice works as always kings & general

  • Peter Timowreef
    Peter Timowreef 11 часов назад

    Wait, so the tobacco industry caused the two World Wars? Fascinating.

  • Real Mr Jangoon
    Real Mr Jangoon 12 часов назад

    How to act cool:
    WW1 was caused by Germany!😡😡
    Cool: WW1 was caused by a pack of cigarettes

  • Tommy Boman
    Tommy Boman 16 часов назад

    World War I is one of, if not THE, biggest mistake in human history. I do not think that a few different decisions by one man would have avoided it completely though, perhaps postponed it or made it different, but not avoided.

  • Roy Riley
    Roy Riley 22 часа назад +1

    Not good history. Simplification, speculation and clear political bias. Huge downspike in quality. Stick to detailing the facts of historical engagements please and leave the 'just so stories' to ideologues and bad paleontologists.

  • Ernest Jay
    Ernest Jay День назад +1

    Frederick died because cigarette.
    literally, Cigarette is the cause of 2 world wars !

  • Kasier Mapping
    Kasier Mapping День назад +1

    Bismarck has a plan
    Bismarck *always* has a plan

  • nat1bott
    nat1bott День назад +2

    The Great War was caused by superpower politics and the alliances, the same forces which nearly caused a third world war during the Cold War, it was arguably inevitable and has nothing to do with ideology.

  • Jean Valjean72
    Jean Valjean72 День назад +1

    With all due respect this is nonsense! The enemies of that strong and unbelievably successful and prosperous German Reich (of William I.
    and´William II.) sought to destroy her. The reasons of the British elite can be summed up in the following conversation from the year *1907* between *Lord Balfour* and the US diplomat Henry White-
    [Arthur Balfour was a British top politician and chief diplomat (1902-1905 Prime Minister, 1915-1916 First Lord of the Admiralty, 1916-1919 British Foreign Minister)]
    *BALFOUR* : _“We are probably fools not to find a reason for declaring war on Germany before she builds too many ships and takes away our trade.”_
    *WHITE* : _“You are a very high-minded man in private life. How can you possibly contemplate anything so politically immoral as provoking a war against a harmless nation which has as good a right to a navy as you have? If you wish to compete with German trade, work harder.”_
    *BALFOUR* : _“That would mean lowering our standard of living. Perhaps it would be simpler for us to have a war.”_
    *WHITE* : _“I’m shocked that you of all men should enunciate such principles.”_
    *BALFOUR* : _“Is it a question of right or wrong? Maybe it is just a question of keeping our supremacy.”_
    (Source: Allan Nevins, “Henry White - Thirty Years of American Diplomacy”, New York: Harper Bros., 1930, pp. 257-258)
    Link to the pdf-file of the scanned pages:
    or this one:
    _"In the 1890s, the magazine published several articles that expressed an anti-German sentiment, summed up in the quote Germania est delenda
    (Germany needs to be destroyed) which was modeled after Cato's "Carthago delenda est" (Ceterum censeo Carthaginem esse delendam)."_

  • NormDesignIRE
    NormDesignIRE День назад +1

    Thanks for this Ep. I absolutely loved it. Cant wait to see more like this. Great Job Folks.

  • jacob wiirre
    jacob wiirre День назад

    So it was as liberalism that brought anti-semetic to the country.They replace Lutheranism with evolutionism, makes sense why the nation had so much hate towards minority groups why Hitler Rose to power so fast. It took seventy years of force teaching it. If Frederick would have lived, I don't think there would have been much a change. War was imminent in the region they just needed a spark, it seemed like every 30 to 40 years would Europe would be in war mode anyways

  • saldownik
    saldownik День назад +1

    Moral of the story: it doesn't matter how good man you are, if you don't support your children to be at least as good

  • Belial
    Belial День назад +1

    As I can see, USSR named wrong in the last map. SSCB stands for "Sovyet Sosyalist Cumhuriyetler Birliği", which is Turkish. Oğuz Tunç (artist of the video) probably got confused about it. Nevertheless, great video, thanks!

    • oğuz tunç
      oğuz tunç 43 минуты назад

      well not confused about the actual name but generaly confused :D It happens when you do not sleep for long hours my friend, sorry for the error and congrats for your keen eyes :D

  • Mack Masters
    Mack Masters День назад

    Nobody could have stopped World War I. World War II could have been prevented if the Allies didn't completely fuck over Germany at the peace table.

  • Sorry Music
    Sorry Music День назад +1

    Great job! :)

  • Roan Westraat
    Roan Westraat День назад

    Interesting video, but its hard to really realize the cascading effect something like Freddy living longer would have had. Imperialism rise and colonialism set Europe up for a big show down long before he came along.

  • rockyblacksmith
    rockyblacksmith День назад

    Wrong map at 6:30 .
    It does not show the situation after the victory of 1871, but rather between the Austro-Prussian and Franko-Prussian wars, so in the time between 1866 and 1871.
    The German Empire was the territory of the North German Confederation plus the territories of Bavaria, Würtemberg, Baden and Hessen, plus the french territories of Alsace and Lorraine.

    • oğuz tunç
      oğuz tunç 41 минуту назад

      Interesting, we use different sources for the maps with year by year situations shown, sorry this time somehow 1871 maps did not cover the right version.

  • Seth Averay
    Seth Averay День назад

    may not have been the Anglo-German rivalry but the first world war would have happened still because the Austrians still would have declared war on Serbia and Bosnia and all those causing the Russians to still be on there side it and the french still would have wanted to get pay back on the Germans for the Franco-Prussian wars which means that they would have sided with Russians also so it still would have happened and the only reason the British joined the war is because the Germans had to get around the Maginot line and passed through Belgium with out consent and that caused the Belgians and the Brits to declared war on Germany so it probably would have still happened all though the British would have had better relations with the Germans so they might not have joined the war in this alternate universe.

  • I AM I
    I AM I День назад

    Bottom line... Don't smoke 😀😀

  • Evan Angel
    Evan Angel 2 дня назад

    The aristocracy creates wars they don’t stop them

  • MackMack 11306
    MackMack 11306 2 дня назад

    fUCKING fredrick dying.

  • The Undertaker
    The Undertaker 2 дня назад +1

    After 11 minutes I still have no idea how the guy could have stop such a massive conflict which was brewing for ages... At least the visuals are pretty, so it wasn't truly a waste

  • Peter Kauffner
    Peter Kauffner 2 дня назад

    If the kaiser had appointed a chancellor responsible to the Reichstag, the Reichstag would have been more influential in 1914, the General Staff would have been less influential, and war might have been avoided. But the quote at the end of the video is nonsense. (11:42) Short of dumping Austria-Hungary, there was nothing Germany could have done to prevent the Franco-Russian Alliance. The naval race and Anglo-German rivalry were resolved in 1912. Britain was drawn into World War I simply as an ally of France.

    • Kings and Generals
      Kings and Generals  2 дня назад

      Well, there is another side to this argument - without Germany's support, Austria might have been not as aggressive in the Balkans.

  • Maleficar
    Maleficar 2 дня назад

    Im no expert so I dont claim anything in particular about the cause of WWI. Its hardly ever for any one reason though
    What I do know and can confidently claim is that
    war is always inevitable. You avoid one and fall straight to another

    • Maleficar
      Maleficar 2 дня назад

      +Kings and Generals Loved the video though, one of the best you've guys put out. Keep up the great work!
      A shame though a good man was brought down by tobacco

    • Kings and Generals
      Kings and Generals  2 дня назад +1

      There are always factors that make the sides go to war, that is true.

  • Kyle Wilson
    Kyle Wilson 2 дня назад +2

    If only he lived. The problems of the world today may have been adverted.
    Hums "Wir Wollen Unsern Alten Kaiser Wilhelm Wiederhaben":видео.html

  • rui carvalho
    rui carvalho 2 дня назад +1

    you're channel its the greatest :) THANK YOU SOOO MUCH

  • pioco56
    pioco56 2 дня назад

    Well, so you could say smoking ended up with the death of millions of people. Don't smoke, it's bad for you.

  • Anirudh Sridhar
    Anirudh Sridhar 2 дня назад +1

    Brilliant video! One of your best yet

  • lanarakala
    lanarakala 2 дня назад +1

    Frederick was Armenian. 🇦🇲

  • Chingiz Zhylkybayev
    Chingiz Zhylkybayev 2 дня назад +1

    But WWI happened because of international relations. Liberal-ness of a ruler basically only exists in the domain of domestic policy. There is no indication that Frederick III would be any different in his diplomacy compared to his father and son.

  • Phantom swordsman
    Phantom swordsman 2 дня назад +1

    Good people die early

  • Ron Lewenberg
    Ron Lewenberg 2 дня назад

    If Frederick III and Empress Victoria had raised their son better, if Kaiser Wilhelm II had not been crippled at Birth and such a angry man, and if Frederick the Third had not been a smoker, history would have been different. But that's three counterfactuals to prevent World War 1 as we know it. That doesn't mean there would not have been a different World War 1.
    Would a more liberal Germany and United Kingdom have remained allied with Russia?

  • Mike Bejjani
    Mike Bejjani 2 дня назад +2

    Thank you so much for providing such informative educational content. This is one of my favorite videos to date.

  • Peter Kauffner
    Peter Kauffner 2 дня назад +1

    Reelpolitik (5:00)? The politics of moviemaking? I assume they mean realpolitik.

  • Konglim Khoo
    Konglim Khoo 2 дня назад

    blame it on the cigarette. So Cigarette and was the REAL reason for WW! and 2 and possibly 3.

  • boiniq
    boiniq 2 дня назад


  • Ryan BV
    Ryan BV 2 дня назад

    Donald Trump is the hero for United States like Frederick the 3rd for Prussia.

  • Anaris10
    Anaris10 2 дня назад +1

    Well Done!.

  • TheBeginning
    TheBeginning 2 дня назад

    Will you ever make a video about the battle of Pelium?

  • Karl Tsang
    Karl Tsang 2 дня назад +3

    Sure, it might have prevented the 2 World Wars, but if he hadn't died that early and the German Empire continued, Poland would never be free. The Prussians, along with the Habsburgs and Russians, partitioned Poland in 1795, and the Prussian Duchy of Posen was created in the Prussian Partition. If the German Empire did not have to undergo World War 1, it is very unlikely that Poland would be freed. Also, Germany was not the cause of World War I, it was that Serbian assassin that killed the Austrian Archduke Franz Ferdinand.

  • Zeruel3
    Zeruel3 2 дня назад +1

    Frederick is one of the great 'What Ifs' of history

  • brisbanebill
    brisbanebill 3 дня назад

    You did not mention that the initial mis-diagnosis by the English Dr. Morell Mackenzie delayed a throat operation, until it was too late to do so...

  • Vernon Nassar
    Vernon Nassar 3 дня назад

    Britain wanted war to stop Germany to become stronger. Both world wars were wanted and mastered by the British. Hence not even Friedrich III could have prevented war.

  • Soviet Ball
    Soviet Ball 3 дня назад +1

    Do the battle of Crimea ww2 or do iranian Iraq war

  • Storolf
    Storolf 3 дня назад

    So does this mean that indirectly, the death toll attributed to tobacco is many tens of millions higher...

  • NapoleonBonaparte
    NapoleonBonaparte 3 дня назад

    What is interesting if the commies took control of Germany post WW1 and Trotsky came to power in the SSSR WW2 would have still happened and the outcome wouldn't have been as peachy

  • Adam Orlowski
    Adam Orlowski 3 дня назад +1

    such an interesting story, thanks for sharing

  • Steven E
    Steven E 3 дня назад

    hold up!!!!!!! How did you pronounce sixth as sikth!?

  • Saisoun SMB01
    Saisoun SMB01 3 дня назад

    This looks like a story mod, it still cool.

  • Scot Coleman
    Scot Coleman 3 дня назад +1

    Germany didn't surrender at the end of WWI. It was an armistice, with both sides agreeing to end the fighting. In a show of good faith Germany downsized it's military first, at which point England and France decided that it was no longer a mutual decision. Germany was wrongfully vilified and forced to accept blame, among other things, for a war they didn't start.
    The rest, as they say, is history.

  • Eric Schockemöhle
    Eric Schockemöhle 3 дня назад +1

    A very interesting and informative Video. I liked it.
    However, I found 2 minor mistakes:
    1. It's "Realpolitik" not "Reelpolitik"
    2. You showed the map of the North German Confederation after the Franco-German War of 1870/71 although the German Empire was created as a result of the victory in this very war. The same goes for the map in the background when he is sick in his bed
    Also, I don't agree on your conclusion:
    I doubt that him being more liberal would have prevented WWI. Maybe he wouldn't have given the Austrians a Blank Cheque and would thus have prevented WWI. Yes. But him being more liberal alone wouldn't be a reason for the British not to enter the war after the German violation of Belgian neutrality. At least that's my opinion.

  • RiderofRiddermark
    RiderofRiddermark 3 дня назад

    Friedrich III. could probably have prevented the Great War if he had kept his wife from mistreating their son and severely damaging his psyche.

  • Sheputster
    Sheputster 3 дня назад

    Have you heard the tragedy of Emperor Frederick the III of Germany?

  • mena seven
    mena seven 3 дня назад +1

    Probably Frederick III was poisoned because of is liberal ideology

  • ScienceTube
    ScienceTube 3 дня назад

    Smoking does indeed kill, my God...

  • -TidalMaster -
    -TidalMaster - 3 дня назад

    What was that epic song at ending? pls tell

  • Prussian Mapping
    Prussian Mapping 3 дня назад

    There you go. Don't smoke, kids, or you might change the course of history forever.

  • Adriahn Paulo Miguel
    Adriahn Paulo Miguel 3 дня назад

    what is the bgm?

  • Симеон Преславски
    Симеон Преславски 3 дня назад

    Please, make a video about the Battle of Doiran (1918), part of the WW1, fought between Bulgaria and The Allies. A single division managed to crush seven hostile ones.

  • Amirul Asyraf
    Amirul Asyraf 3 дня назад +8

    Liberalism back then= Bring something good and in general teach people to respect each other and other's believe and also to respect local custom's.
    Lberalism nowdays= Cancerous

  • Jeremy Basset
    Jeremy Basset 3 дня назад

    1:11 aaawwww

  • Imposing Patriot
    Imposing Patriot 3 дня назад +1

    instead, we get genocidal lunatics like Merkel, who believe in racial,sexual,religious equity. Perfect way to start more wars.

  • Jack Starr
    Jack Starr 3 дня назад +1

    As Germany became economically dominant Britain would have still pushed for war. Liberalism is cancer.

  • RaiDeN131313
    RaiDeN131313 3 дня назад

    Is it just me ?

  • Gentleman Von Tweed
    Gentleman Von Tweed 3 дня назад

    I support a unified Europe, with a German as it's democratic Emperor. I believe in freedom, as long as your views are aligned with mine.
    This is why we must punish this peasant rebellion going on in Britain.

  • tim van rijn
    tim van rijn 3 дня назад +2

    because being liberal and more english is good?
    supporting rights thou (thumbs up)

  • Dumbleblock 38
    Dumbleblock 38 3 дня назад +1

    French surrender

  • Kia me
    Kia me 3 дня назад +1

    I wanted to ask if you could do the conquest of the Median Empire by the persians

  • Anthony Salazar
    Anthony Salazar 3 дня назад

    "If's" don't exist

  • Samuel Hall
    Samuel Hall 3 дня назад

    Surely the sides would just have been different in WW1 if Frederick III had lived longer? E.g. England and Germany being allies rather than enemies.

  • r1chguy
    r1chguy 3 дня назад

    The main reason I dislike ww1 was that it brought an age of empires to an end and gave rise to evil ideologys.

  • Samuel Hall
    Samuel Hall 3 дня назад

    Red Cross Report 1947.

  • xCaracusx
    xCaracusx 3 дня назад +2

    Awesome video but the map of the north german confederation is wrong :D the united German Empire should be shown at his death and not the confederation :P

  • alphagamer047
    alphagamer047 3 дня назад +1

    What an inspiring and thoughtful man, may he rest in peace!

  • Drfop
    Drfop 3 дня назад

    9:19 frederick goes into a bush

  • athe lightz
    athe lightz 3 дня назад

    Smoking - not even once

  • Cato Sicarius
    Cato Sicarius 3 дня назад

    rI don't know if him surviving would have caused that much of a difference

  • Joe Garingan
    Joe Garingan 3 дня назад +2

    Liberal in their times, conservative in ours. Perhaps in the future centrism shall encompass both left and right.

  • Kartal Gurbuz Kaya
    Kartal Gurbuz Kaya 3 дня назад +1

    CORRECTION: Helmut von Moltke the Elder DID NOT Have a mustache. You guys used the picture of The Younger Moltke, who was incompetent during WW1 and had no major historical role. You guys talk about the Elder but the picture is of the Younger.

  • Bo Didley
    Bo Didley 3 дня назад +1

    The repeated use of the term "liberal", with a dash of "conservative", made it difficult to take this vid seriously. I think they were used nearly ten times before I stopped watching at the 3:20 mark. Talk about oversimplification.

  • ChildrenOfRadiation
    ChildrenOfRadiation 3 дня назад

    WW1 wasn't a clash of ideologies, but a conflict of imperialist powers. This would only postpone it.

  • The Professor
    The Professor 3 дня назад

    We would have found another reason to start a world war. We always do.
    Granted, he probably would have an impact and Europe would be very different in that timeline.
    History is fickle, and its very difficult to predict the outcome. I'm a Filipino, and though the Spanish were asses, they also brought Christianity
    and suppressed Islam, so it might have been better in the long run, despite the inequality and oppression.

  • Mutant Spartacus
    Mutant Spartacus 3 дня назад

    Things happen in waves... if Donald trump is killed, Duterte, Putin, all the dictators of the world will start being killed, the world will rebel against it's overlords if america or europe start the process and kill theirs.
    I think every sane person can agree that a world with less dictatorship is a better one, even with such a cost.

  • Duold Yraurbef
    Duold Yraurbef 3 дня назад +2

    Fantastic video with beautiful art design and different view in history.
    History of Germany is quite like a classical tragedy, they lost part of their past but still ended up as the leader of Europe.

  • Mutant Spartacus
    Mutant Spartacus 3 дня назад

    All german imperialists can die now, we don't need you.
    Kill em all so we don't have to play their games, it's OUR BLOOD that spills for THEIR GAMES!
    Remember, it is the artists and scientists who make art, technology and science, NOT THE KINGS. THE KINGS ARE EXTRA PIECES.

  • Ali Sam
    Ali Sam 3 дня назад +1

    Imagine if this channel makes a video about Nader Shah of Persia kicking ass of Ottomans Russians Arabs Turks and Mongols all the same time.

  • Jesse Rothhammer
    Jesse Rothhammer 3 дня назад +2

    "If the world were liberal..." trash.

  • dhruv singh
    dhruv singh 3 дня назад

    World Wars were the best thing that happened in 20th century. Evil Empires destroyed each other and hence African and Asian countries got their freedom.

    • oğuz tunç
      oğuz tunç 3 дня назад

      sincerely I disagree my friend. Look how beautiful and peaceful the FREE middle eastern countries now, freed from the EVIL OTTOMAN EMPIRE as you say so...

  • David Strickland
    David Strickland 3 дня назад

    God bless the peacemakers

  • Kalo Arepo
    Kalo Arepo 3 дня назад

    Not sure about the regnal numbers for German monarchs -did Frederick the Third take his regnal number from the Prussian Hohenzollern dynasty of which he was a member following on from Frederick the Second (The Great of 18th Century) or did he take his number following on from Frederick the Second of Hohenstaufen dynasty who was Holy Roman Emperor of the First Reich who lived in Thirteenth Century?

  • Cyril Chui
    Cyril Chui 3 дня назад

    I wonder how much influence could a Monach have, on day to day politics in the 18/19th Century? I know a King was King 1000 years ago, but a King is no longer a real King in modern times. Could a Regent Prince fire Bismark because he didn't see eye to eye with him? As a symbolic CIC, could he remove the symbolic and started dictating battle strategy to Molke, like Hilter did?

  • Steve P
    Steve P 3 дня назад

    Always admired Friedrich.
    If he'd only lived.

  • xRyalsx
    xRyalsx 4 дня назад

    He wouldnt have changed anything he would have made them weaker if anything ... france and england wanted war in ww1 and ww2 period

  • Downfacingdog
    Downfacingdog 4 дня назад

    Edward VII of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha devoted his life to the destruction of the World in order to put the "American Colonies" Genie back in the bottle. The Empire was losing the economic battle with America and their new European friends like Nicolas II and OVB, so the plan was to kick the chess board off of the table. It was the ousting of OVB that set the stage for WWI.

    ΕΝΤΑΞΗ ΡΕ 4 дня назад

    Make videos for greece again

      ΕΝΤΑΞΗ ΡΕ 2 дня назад

      +Kings and Generals moreeeeee!! haha

    • Kings and Generals
      Kings and Generals  3 дня назад

      We have released like 1234 Greek videos in the last few months. :D

  • Giorgos Papadopoulos
    Giorgos Papadopoulos 4 дня назад +1

    So liberal is a peaceful ideology eh? Just count how many wars the English and the USA have initiated.... including WW1

  • Joe Denk
    Joe Denk 4 дня назад +1

    Battle of Bannockburn and Loudoun Hill !Robert de Bruce!!! Please and thank you !!!! Love your videos keep up the great work :)

    • Kings and Generals
      Kings and Generals  3 дня назад

      +Joe Denk welcome aboard. :-)

    • Joe Denk
      Joe Denk 3 дня назад +1

      Yes!!! I hope you do. I love all of your videos. I’m a history nerd and love every video you make. When I’m talking to people and they look at me like I’m crazy I come to this channel to show them lol

    • Kings and Generals
      Kings and Generals  4 дня назад +1

      Will consider, thanks for watching :-)