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The Coming of the ‘Horrible Hun’

  • Richard Scully
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Abstract

Positive depictions of Wilhelm II continued to appear in Punch and Judy for many months after his departure from British shores in 1901. As late as October, 1902 (Wilhelm having returned for a shooting holiday with his uncle), George Hebblethwaite could depict a lounge-suited Kaiser enjoying port and cigars with John Bull, and refusing to see a scruffy delegation of refugee Boer statesmen (Figure 16.1). This apparent fondness of Wilhelm for Britain (and Britain for Wilhelm) perturbed Chancellor Bülow and the imperial court when, upon his return to Berlin, the Kaiser continued to wear civilian clothes and affect English manners: a sure sign to his aides of his being infected by ‘Anglo-mania’ and ‘un-German-ness’.1

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  • Richard Scully
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  1. 1.University of New EnglandAustralia

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