Political campaigning under false pretenses is not new. The German National Socialists pretended to be socialists of a sort (at least until Roehm was shot), and it soon became clear that they were nationalists of an extreme kind. Politicians will say whatever they think will lead them to power.
“I was a Great Society liberal. I thought we ought to help the poor, we ought to give them all the money we can. And then, the evidence started to pour in. The evidence of how these grand programs, the poverty programs, the welfare programs--everything was making things worse.
Yes, I did know about it, and yes, the Establishments rarely care about the hoi polloi.
One thing that was different in those days, however, is that the uppercrust did send their sons into battle, unlike today, for the most part. And casualties among line officers in WW1 were generally quite a bit higher than among enlisted men.
I think it's very clear that there was high-level bias at the FBI for Hillary and against Trump.
Thirteen of 17 investigators on Mueller's team are Democrats, some of them big contributors to the party, and the worst one, Strzok, was on the team for over a year, and let go only after his outrageous e-mails came to light.
Yes, it was a clash of empires, even involving East Asia. The Japanese were given the German Pacific island colonies north of the equator in return for making war on Germany there and in China, which in no small measure encouraged Japanese expansionism in that part of the world.
And I am not surprised that Kaiser Wilhelm was not crazy about capitalism. One of the few things that Marx got right was that capitalism spelled the end of feudalism. And as Virginia has correctly pointed out, that led to democratization.
And btw, some of the most advanced social programs (healthcare, pensions) in the world at the time were advanced in Prussia by Bismarck. (There's that clever fellow again. )