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Otto Von Bismarck and the Unification of Germany
An analysis of the role of Otto Von Bismarck in the unification of Germany, particularly looking at the Second War of Schleswig, the Austro-Prussian War and the Franco-Prussian War.
# 102933 | 2,153 words | 9 sources | MLA | 2008 | US
Published on Apr 07, 2008 in History (Leaders) , History (European - 19th century)


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This paper explores the processes by which Otto Von Bismarck engineered the unification of Germany between 1854 and 1885. It argues that Bismarck used three wars as the key stages in this process: the Second War of Schleswig, the Austro-Prussian War and the Franco-Prussian War. The paper also discusses the central role that Bismarck played in these conflicts, even where he did not actually initiate them.

Table of Contents:
Introduction
Bismarck's Rise: The Plan Take Shape
The Second War of Schleswig and the Austro-Prussian War
The Franco-Prussian War and German Unification
Conclusion

From the Paper:

"One of the most fascinating aspects of the Second War of Schleswig was how Bismarck embarked upon the conflict against the opposition of most other German states, as expressed in the Diet's refusal to give Prussia a loan for the war. It was due to this deficiency that Bismarck entered into an alliance with Austria (Stern 40). In this analysis, this war is particularly significant as we can see in it a concrete example of how deftly Bismarck was pursuing his plan for Prussian dominance of Germany. From the perspective of the other German states, one historian notes, "their less flexible minds could never grasp that Bismarck harbored several alternatives, hoping to realize the most desirable one that political conditions would allow" (Stern 40)."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Apsler, Alfred. Iron Chancellor: Otto von Bismarck. New York: Julian Messner, 1968.
  • Bismarck, Otto Von. The Memoirs. Trans. A.J. Butler. New York: Howard Fertig, 1966.
  • Busch, Moritz. Bismarck: Some Secret Pages of his History. London: Macmillan, 1898.
  • Ford, J.A. The Correspondence of William I. and Bismarck. Trans. J.A. Ford. New York: Frederick Stokes, 1903.
  • Lowe, Charles. Prince Bismarck: An Historical Biography. London: Cassell, 1895.

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