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Kaiserbund, Explained

A few readers have written me to inquire about the word Kaisersbund in my post from earlier this morning. Its not quite a neologism — though I did add an extra “s” by mistake. My point of reference was the dreikaiserbund orchestrated by Bismarck in the 1870s. Also known as the Three Emperors’ League, it was comprised by Austria-Hungary, Russia and Germany. The Dreikaiserbund was dedicated to preserving the status quo in Europe and containing independence movements, democracy etc. I don’t pretend to be an expert on the subject. But I liked reading about Bismarck in high school and I remembered it because I think it’s a really cool word.

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