Many of those in the monarchies, their families and those around them, made a grievious error, i've always believed, in placing themselves so far above the folks they were to govern. i think losing touch with that made them more suseptible to the tragedies that befell them at the end.
: I disagree that there was no sign of
: democratization. It was coming slowly, but
: in Germany and even Russia there were
: movements toward a more constitutional form
: of monarchy which may (emphasize: MAY) have
: progressed given a few more years of peace.
: Even the Ottoman Empire was moving
: haltingly in a reformist direction.
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