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teatimeatwinterpalace:

The German Emperor, Wilhelm II, and the Russian Tsar, Nicholas II, exchanged telegrams in the immediate run-up to the outbreak of war between 29 July 1914 and 1 August 1914.

Tsar to Kaiser29 July 1914, 1 a.m.Peter’s Court Palais, 29 July 1914Sa Majesté l’EmpereurNeues PalaisAm glad you are back. In this serious moment, I appeal to you to help me. An ignoble war has been declared to a weak country. The indignation in Russia shared fully by me is enormous. I foresee that very soon I shall be overwhelmed by the pressure forced upon me and be forced to take extreme measures which will lead to war. To try and avoid such a calamity as a European war I beg you in the name of our old friendship to do what you can to stop your allies from going too far.

Kaiser to Tsar29 July 1914, 1.45 a.m. (this and the previous telegraph crossed)28 July 1914It is with the gravest concern that I hear of the impression which the action of Austria against Serbia is creating in your country.The unscrupulous agitation that has been going on in Serbia for years has resulted in the outrageous crime, to which Archduke Francis Ferdinand fell a victim. The spirit that led Serbians to murder their own king and his wife still dominates the country.You will doubtless agree with me that we both, you and me, have a common interest as well as all Sovereigns to insist that all the persons morally responsible for the dastardly murder should receive their deserved punishment. In this case politics plays no part at all.On the other hand, I fully understand how difficult it is for you and your Government to face the drift of your public opinion. Therefore, with regard to the hearty and tender friendship which binds us both from long ago with firm ties, I am exerting my utmost influence to induce the Austrians to deal straightly to arrive to a satisfactory understanding with you. I confidently hope that you will help me in my efforts to smooth over difficulties that may still arise.Your very sincere and devoted friend and cousinWilly
Kaiser to Tsar29 July 1914, 6.30 p.m.Berlin, 29 July 1914I received your telegram and share your wish that peace should be maintained.But as I told you in my first telegram, I cannot consider Austria’s action against Servia an “ignoble” war. Austria knows by experience that Servian promises ono paper are wholly unreliable. I understand its action must be judged as trending to get full guarantee that the Servian promises shall become real facts. This my reasoning is borne out by the statement of the Austrian cabinet that Austria does not want to make any territorial conquests at the expense of Servia.I therefore suggest that it would be quite possible for Russia to remain a spectator of the austro-servian conflict without involving Europe in the most horrible war she ever witnessed. I think a direct understanding between your Government and Vienna possible and desirable, and as I already telegraphed to you, my Government is continuing its exercises to promote it.Of course military measures on the part of Russia would be looked upon by Austria as a calamity we both wish to avoid and jeopardize my position as mediator which I readily accepted on your appeal to my friendship and my help.Willy

Tsar to Kaiser29 July 1914, 8.20 p.m.Peter’s Court Palace, 29 July 1914Thanks for your telegram conciliatory and friendly. Whereas official message presented today by your ambassador to my minister was conveyed in a very different tone. Beg you to explain this divergency! It would be right to give over the Austro-servian problem to the Hague conference. Trust in your wisdom and friendship.Your loving Nicky

teatimeatwinterpalace:

The German Emperor, Wilhelm II, and the Russian Tsar, Nicholas II, exchanged telegrams in the immediate run-up to the outbreak of war between 29 July 1914 and 1 August 1914.

Tsar to Kaiser
29 July 1914, 1 a.m.

Peter’s Court Palais, 29 July 1914

Sa Majesté l’Empereur
Neues Palais

Am glad you are back. In this serious moment, I appeal to you to help me. An ignoble war has been declared to a weak country. The indignation in Russia shared fully by me is enormous. I foresee that very soon I shall be overwhelmed by the pressure forced upon me and be forced to take extreme measures which will lead to war. To try and avoid such a calamity as a European war I beg you in the name of our old friendship to do what you can to stop your allies from going too far.

Kaiser to Tsar
29 July 1914, 1.45 a.m. (this and the previous telegraph crossed)

28 July 1914

It is with the gravest concern that I hear of the impression which the action of Austria against Serbia is creating in your country.

The unscrupulous agitation that has been going on in Serbia for years has resulted in the outrageous crime, to which Archduke Francis Ferdinand fell a victim. The spirit that led Serbians to murder their own king and his wife still dominates the country.

You will doubtless agree with me that we both, you and me, have a common interest as well as all Sovereigns to insist that all the persons morally responsible for the dastardly murder should receive their deserved punishment. In this case politics plays no part at all.

On the other hand, I fully understand how difficult it is for you and your Government to face the drift of your public opinion. Therefore, with regard to the hearty and tender friendship which binds us both from long ago with firm ties, I am exerting my utmost influence to induce the Austrians to deal straightly to arrive to a satisfactory understanding with you. I confidently hope that you will help me in my efforts to smooth over difficulties that may still arise.

Your very sincere and devoted friend and cousin

Willy

Kaiser to Tsar
29 July 1914, 6.30 p.m.

Berlin, 29 July 1914

I received your telegram and share your wish that peace should be maintained.

But as I told you in my first telegram, I cannot consider Austria’s action against Servia an “ignoble” war. Austria knows by experience that Servian promises ono paper are wholly unreliable. I understand its action must be judged as trending to get full guarantee that the Servian promises shall become real facts. This my reasoning is borne out by the statement of the Austrian cabinet that Austria does not want to make any territorial conquests at the expense of Servia.

I therefore suggest that it would be quite possible for Russia to remain a spectator of the austro-servian conflict without involving Europe in the most horrible war she ever witnessed. I think a direct understanding between your Government and Vienna possible and desirable, and as I already telegraphed to you, my Government is continuing its exercises to promote it.

Of course military measures on the part of Russia would be looked upon by Austria as a calamity we both wish to avoid and jeopardize my position as mediator which I readily accepted on your appeal to my friendship and my help.

Willy

Tsar to Kaiser
29 July 1914, 8.20 p.m.

Peter’s Court Palace, 29 July 1914

Thanks for your telegram conciliatory and friendly. Whereas official message presented today by your ambassador to my minister was conveyed in a very different tone. Beg you to explain this divergency! It would be right to give over the Austro-servian problem to the Hague conference. Trust in your wisdom and friendship.

Your loving Nicky

pachouli-princess:

tupperware more like tupperWHERE THE FUCK IS THE LID

(Quelle: bi-polar-barbie)

and now i have to condense my life into a sea bag in three months. (and find somewhere to store the rest of my kutundu because i’m 120% sure my family will say hell no.)

holy shit.

theeconomist:

Remembrance: A chart of the first world war’s casualties on the centenary of the outbreak

theeconomist:

Remembrance: A chart of the first world war’s casualties on the centenary of the outbreak

gettysburgaddress:

huzzahhistory:

Abraham Lincoln used to wear these adorable goat slippers around the White House. Isn’t that just charming?
Side note: they’re a size 14. At 14, those goats are practically life-sized.

Historically, I didn’t think Lincoln could have been any more of a dork than I had already made him out to be. I was wrong.

gettysburgaddress:

huzzahhistory:

Abraham Lincoln used to wear these adorable goat slippers around the White House. Isn’t that just charming?

Side note: they’re a size 14. At 14, those goats are practically life-sized.

Historically, I didn’t think Lincoln could have been any more of a dork than I had already made him out to be. I was wrong.

um

that was a hell of a week.

last year at this exact time (the day I came back from Beaver Island), my whole life fell apart. I had to quit my main job and pretty much did nothing but cry in my hammock for a week.

today my life did not so much fall apart as suddenly reorient itself.

i’m still not coherent about what happened on Friday, and i feel like someone ran me through a washing machine full of rocks (which is surprisingly close to the truth)

but here are some facts:

  • i will write this story in full later, but I got stranded on a deserted island with two of my cousins because of an inexcusable rookie mistake (of course we don’t need to unship the rudder! nothing’s touching it right now! we’ll be fine! the weather is supposed to stay like this!)
  • we ended up walking wrestling our 700-pound rudderless and waterlogged boat through six miles of horrendous bouldery surf to the other side of the island
  • and we had to be rescued in a scene that would have been Laurel and Hardy-worthy were it not fucking terrifying and experienced alongside moderate hypothermia
  • on a related note 
  • SCREAM
  • DO YOU KNOW WHAT I GOT FOR MY BIRTHDAY
  • I GOT MY HOGWARTS LETTER FROM THE PAUL HALL CENTER
  • I’M GOING TO SEA IN OCTOBER
  • I’M GOING TO SEA IN OCTOBER
  • I’M GOING TO SEA IN OCTOBER
  • I’M GOING TO SEA IN OCTOBER
  • IT’S GOING TO BE COMPLETELY AWFUL
  • WHAT THE FUCK AM I EVEN DOING
Asking women to respect themselves in order to ‘earn’ the right to be treated like a human being is total horseshit. But suggesting that you have the right to treat her exactly as you please because she didn’t adhere to your archaic views of feminine propriety is misogyny, plain and simple.
Clementine Ford (via jkwithers)

On the boat

*high pitched wail*

The doge got so worried that we wouldn’t bring her that she packed herself first.

The doge got so worried that we wouldn’t bring her that she packed herself first.

but for real though, an alarming amount of my will to live depends on being in an extremely specific and remote location. this is definitely going to cause trouble in the future.

wail!

today is the day that keeps me alive for the rest of the year!

o how i wish that were melodrama and not actually true!

i literally made over five pounds of ship’s biscuit god help me
(was never able to find either whole grain flour or a grain mill i could borrow, so i ended up getting whole wheat and adding the germ and bran back in, like a heathen. it was much cheaper anyway.)

i literally made over five pounds of ship’s biscuit god help me

(was never able to find either whole grain flour or a grain mill i could borrow, so i ended up getting whole wheat and adding the germ and bran back in, like a heathen. it was much cheaper anyway.)

i signed up for this but woah man

(Quelle: oliverqueens)