Interesting read, but it fails to establish Rhodes connection with WW I and the Kaiser. They might have met in March 1899 and Rhodes may have recommended the Kaiser to exert his influence to have a Berlin to Baghdad railway built to put a German stamp on Mesopotamia, but Rhodes was already in his grave by 1902 and had no further influence on the volatile Kaiser. And as for Beit's pathetic gift to the Kaiser in 1905, that's laughable. A curio that will need dusting on the Kaiser's mantlepiece and nothing more.Today's rant from the Grauniad:
Rhodes’ little-told role in helping to foment the conditions that led to the first world war, in which 40 million died, may even offer further cause and power to those seeking to bring down the statues, remove the plaques and terminate the scholarships that bear his name.
The German monarch’s imperial ambitions were fuelled by the British colonialist – as the story behind a recently discovered relic revealswww.theguardian.com