The Role of Bismarck in the Unification of Germany

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Otto Von Bismarck was a German Chancellor of the 19th Century who shaped Germany into a strong nation by manipulating Europe. He unified his nation and fought against Socialism and in 1851 Bismarck was appointed as chief Prussian delegate to the German Confederation which was his start in politics. (pg, 49, The Colonial Overlords, Time-Life Books Amsterdam, 1990) Bismarck left a Nationalist strength in Germany which inspired German warfare and politics for generations. This essay will examine the role of Bismarck in the unification of Germany and the introduction of German nationalism. Bismarck is noted as The Iron Chancellor in history as he annexed Schleswig and Holstein, provoked France and defeated them in battle, then crowning William I as the Emperor of Germany, these events will be discussed in this essay. (pg, 49, The Colonial Overlords, Time-Life Books Amsterdam, 1990) Bismarck was a man proud of his country, encouraging Nationalism at every opportunity. Bismarck's main goals in the process of the unification of Germany were to unify the northern German states that were under Prussian control, weaken Austria, make Berlin the centre for political affairs- not Vienna, and to strengthen the control of the German monarchy. Russia did not like Austria as Austria refused help to Russia in the Crimean War, Prussia found the opportunity to help Russia against Poland becoming allies with Russia against Austria. Bismarck's plan for a strong bond with Russia was falling into place. Bismarck also developed an alliance with France to help the French invade and control Belgium. Bismarck's final alliance was with Italy against Austria, providing Austria be the antagonist. In 1863 Denmark had declared...
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