I was reading over Ben's 2010 thread
on how Talleyrand essentially saved France from undue punishment during the 1815 Congress of Vienna towards the end of the revolutionary and Napoleonic wars.
It made me wonder -what if a defeated Germany had its own Talleyrand after the end of the First World War? How would the terms of the Treaty of Versailles been altered? And how would it have affected the course of world history (i.e. 'butterflies' as they call it in the AH forum) to the present day?