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The paper describes how the rise of Germany began in the 19th century, that by the turn of the century, Germany along with France had the most dominant place in European region. The paper then discusses the Franco-Prussian war and relates that the defeat of France played an exceptional role in the rise of Germany, allowing the German people to be finally united under one union. Finally, the paper looks at how Germany rose above the other major powers in the world including Russia and Britain until its defeat in both World Wars.
From the Paper:"The defeat of France played an exceptional role in the rise of Germany. Bismarck understood the importance of defeating France because around the globe, Prussia was already seen as being a more dominant force than France and thus the only thing left was to actually defeat France. "Bismarck knew that the strength of the French army existed only on paper and actually it was in a deplorable state of preparedness; whereas the military preparations of Prussia were well-nigh as perfect as they could be made by mortal hands and brains" (Benedict, p. 12). France committed suicide when it declared war on Germany in 1870 but it really had no option left. Germany had done everything to isolate France through diplomatic and military channels. The only way to breakthrough was by declaring war but this is exactly what Prussia had desired.
"Russia that had once been a major power in Europe was significantly weakened in the middle of the 19th century and "From the end of the Crimean war in 1856 to the end of the Franco-Prussian War in 1871, the question of which of the Great Powers would take its place was wide open" (Sperber, p. 6). The question was finally answered by the outcome of Franco-Prussian war."
Sample of Sources Used:
- Wells, H.G. (2006) A short history of the World. Penguin Publishing.
- Benedict, B. (1919) A History of the Great War. Bureau of National Literature Inc.
- Sperber, J. (2008) Europe 1850-1914: Progress, Participation and Apprehension. Longman, 1st edition.
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