Von Bismarck: Creator or Destroyer of Germany?
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The paper discusses Otto Von Bismarck's role and impact upon the unification of the German states during the late nineteenth century. The writer of this paper examines the views of several authors and agrees with the opinion of Friedrich B.M. Hollyday that von Bismarck planted the seeds for Germany's destruction. The writer emphasizes how although Bismarck brought peace for a period of approximately forty years, he also set the stage for two of the worst wars in history, World War I and World War II.
From the Paper:"Otto von Bismarck (1815-1898), the Iron Chancellor of Germany has been a source of constant debate among historians. Bismarck: Father of Germany's creation or destruction? is the central question of the continual debate. Undoubtedly, Bismarck was instrumental in the Unification of the German States, but the question remains, did he create or destroy an Empire.
"Friedrich B.M. Hollyday, Assistant Professor of History at Duke University, feels that Bismarck unified a great people and preserved the general peace of Europe for a time, but in his pragmatic, short term approach to his creation, he inadvertently planted the seeds of destruction."
Sample of Sources Used:
- Dawson, William Harbutt. Bismarck and State Socialism. London: Swan Sonnenschein and Company, 1890.
- Friedrich, B.M. (ed) Bismarck. Englewood Cliffs: Prentice Hall Inc., 1970.
- Ludwig, Emil. Bismarck. Boston: Little, Brown and Company, 1927.
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