History UsefulNotes / OttoVonBismarck

17th Nov '16 2:25:11 PM TheAmazingBlachman
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Bismarck had a long career in politics, starting as a deputy in his local district (''Kreis''), then as a member of diets of the provinces of Pomerania and Saxony, where he became known as an arch-conservative and discovered his passion for politics. He failed to be elected to the Prussian national assembly in 1848 but was elected to the second chamber of the legislature in 1849. In 1851 he was appointed Prussia's representative to the ''Bundestag'' (the legislative body of the German Federation), where he prevented a mobilization of the federal army to intervene in the Crimean War, from 1859 on he served as Prussian Ambassador to Russia and then France. In 1862 he was appointed Minister President of Prussia during the conflict between King Wilhelm I and the legislature over the reform of the army. How Bismarck resolved the situation serves as a excellent example of his political ingenuity: By exploiting a border conflict in Denmark, Bismarck was able to provoke a war against the Danes in 1864, and as he predicted, the war was fairly swift and ended in a clear Prussian victory as Denmark was outmatched both in manpower and technology and not able to rally any allies to their cause. At the same time the war allowed him to paint the liberal politicians in the legislature who had blocked the army reform as unpatriotic for not supporting the army in a time of war, causing them to ultimately roll over and agree to implement the reform. In one fell swoop, Bismack had brought glory and territory to Prussia and successful subdued his political opponents.

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Bismarck had a long career in politics, starting as a deputy in his local district (''Kreis''), then as a member of diets of the provinces of Pomerania and Saxony, where he became known as an arch-conservative and discovered his passion for politics. He failed to be elected to the Prussian national assembly in 1848 but was elected to the second chamber of the legislature in 1849. In 1851 he was appointed Prussia's representative to the ''Bundestag'' (the legislative body of the German Federation), where he prevented a mobilization of the federal army to intervene in the Crimean War, from 1859 on he served as Prussian Ambassador to Russia and then France. In 1862 he was appointed Minister President of Prussia during the conflict between King Wilhelm I and the legislature over the reform of the army. How Bismarck resolved the situation serves as a excellent example of his political ingenuity: By exploiting a border conflict in Denmark, Bismarck was able to provoke a war against the Danes in 1864, and as he predicted, the war was fairly swift and ended in a clear Prussian victory as Denmark was outmatched both in manpower and technology and not able to rally any allies to their cause. At the same time the war allowed him to paint the liberal politicians in the legislature who had blocked the army reform as unpatriotic for not supporting the army in a time of war, causing them to ultimately roll over and agree to implement the reform. In one fell swoop, Bismack had brought glory and territory to Prussia and successful successfully subdued his political opponents.
17th Nov '16 2:25:01 PM TheAmazingBlachman
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Bismarck had a long career in politics, starting as a deputy in his local district (''Kreis''), then as a member of diets of the provinces of Pomerania and Saxony, where he became known as an arch-conservative and discovered his passion for politics. He failed to be elected to the Prussian national assembly in 1848 but was elected to the second chamber of the legislature in 1849. In 1851 he was appointed Prussia's representative to the ''Bundestag'' (the legislative body of the German Federation), where he prevented a mobilization of the federal army to intervene in the Crimean War, from 1859 on he served as Prussian Ambassador to Russia and then France. In 1862 he was appointed Minister President of Prussia during the conflict between King Wilhelm I and the legislature over the reform of the army. How Bismarck resolved the situation serves as a excellent example of his political ingenuity: By exploiting a border conflict in Denmark, Bismarck was able to provoke a war against the Danes in 1864, and as he predicted, the war was fairly swift and ended in a clear Prussian victory as Denmark was outmatched both in manpower and technology and not able to rally any allies to their cause. At the same time the war allowed him to paint the liberal politicians in the legislature who had blocked the army reform as unpatriotic for not supporting the army in a time of war, causing them to ultimately roll over and agree to implement the reform.

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Bismarck had a long career in politics, starting as a deputy in his local district (''Kreis''), then as a member of diets of the provinces of Pomerania and Saxony, where he became known as an arch-conservative and discovered his passion for politics. He failed to be elected to the Prussian national assembly in 1848 but was elected to the second chamber of the legislature in 1849. In 1851 he was appointed Prussia's representative to the ''Bundestag'' (the legislative body of the German Federation), where he prevented a mobilization of the federal army to intervene in the Crimean War, from 1859 on he served as Prussian Ambassador to Russia and then France. In 1862 he was appointed Minister President of Prussia during the conflict between King Wilhelm I and the legislature over the reform of the army. How Bismarck resolved the situation serves as a excellent example of his political ingenuity: By exploiting a border conflict in Denmark, Bismarck was able to provoke a war against the Danes in 1864, and as he predicted, the war was fairly swift and ended in a clear Prussian victory as Denmark was outmatched both in manpower and technology and not able to rally any allies to their cause. At the same time the war allowed him to paint the liberal politicians in the legislature who had blocked the army reform as unpatriotic for not supporting the army in a time of war, causing them to ultimately roll over and agree to implement the reform.
reform. In one fell swoop, Bismack had brought glory and territory to Prussia and successful subdued his political opponents.
17th Nov '16 8:32:26 AM TheAmazingBlachman
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Bismarck had a long career in politics, starting as a deputy in his local district (''Kreis''), then as a member of diets of the provinces of Pomerania and Saxony, where he became known as an arch-conservative and discovered his passion for politics. He failed to be elected to the Prussian national assembly in 1848 but was elected to the second chamber of the legislature in 1849. In 1851 he was appointed Prussia's representative to the ''Bundestag'' (the legislative body of the German Federation), where he prevented a mobilization of the federal army to intervene in the Crimean War, from 1859 on he served as Prussian Ambassador to Russia and then France. In 1862 he was appointed Minister President of Prussia during the conflict between King Wilhelm I and the legislature over the reform of the army. How Bismarck resolved the situation serves as a excellent example of his political ingenuity: By exploiting a border conflict in Denmark, Bismarck was able to provoke a war against the Danes in 1864, and as he predicted, the war was fairly swift and ended in a clear Prussian victory as Denmark was outmatched both in manpower and technology and not able to rally any allies to their cause. At the same time the war allowed him to paint the liberal politicians in the legislature who had blocked the army reform as unpatriotic for not supporting the army in a time of war, causing them to ultimately roll over and agree to implement the reform. In 1871, after Wilhelm I crowned himself Emperor of Germany, he likewise promoted Bismarck to [[TheChancellorsOfGermany Chancellor of the German Empire]]. It should be said, that while the [[PuppetKing Chancellor was supposed to be subservient to the Emperor, Bismarck tended to just do what he wanted]]. He really only kept his position for so long because he was ''[[VetinariJobSecurity just that good]]'' at running Germany.

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Bismarck had a long career in politics, starting as a deputy in his local district (''Kreis''), then as a member of diets of the provinces of Pomerania and Saxony, where he became known as an arch-conservative and discovered his passion for politics. He failed to be elected to the Prussian national assembly in 1848 but was elected to the second chamber of the legislature in 1849. In 1851 he was appointed Prussia's representative to the ''Bundestag'' (the legislative body of the German Federation), where he prevented a mobilization of the federal army to intervene in the Crimean War, from 1859 on he served as Prussian Ambassador to Russia and then France. In 1862 he was appointed Minister President of Prussia during the conflict between King Wilhelm I and the legislature over the reform of the army. How Bismarck resolved the situation serves as a excellent example of his political ingenuity: By exploiting a border conflict in Denmark, Bismarck was able to provoke a war against the Danes in 1864, and as he predicted, the war was fairly swift and ended in a clear Prussian victory as Denmark was outmatched both in manpower and technology and not able to rally any allies to their cause. At the same time the war allowed him to paint the liberal politicians in the legislature who had blocked the army reform as unpatriotic for not supporting the army in a time of war, causing them to ultimately roll over and agree to implement the reform. reform.

In 1871, after Wilhelm I crowned himself Emperor of Germany, he likewise promoted Bismarck to [[TheChancellorsOfGermany Chancellor of the German Empire]]. It should be said, that while the [[PuppetKing Chancellor was supposed to be subservient to the Emperor, Bismarck tended to just do what he wanted]]. He really only kept his position for so long because he was ''[[VetinariJobSecurity just that good]]'' at running Germany.
12th Oct '16 5:36:57 AM TheAmazingBlachman
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Bismarck had a long career in politics, starting as a deputy in his local district (''Kreis''), then as a member of diets of the provinces of Pomerania and Saxony, where he became known as an arch-conservative and discovered his passion for politics. He failed to be elected to the Prussian national assembly in 1848 but was elected to the second chamber of the legislature in 1849. In 1851 he was appointed Prussia's representative to the ''Bundestag'' (the legislative body of the German Federation), where he prevented a mobilization of the federal army to intervene in the Crimean War, from 1859 on he served as Prussian Ambassador to Russia and then France. In 1862 he was appointed Minister President of Prussia during the conflict between King Wilhelm I and the legislature over the reform of the army, and in 1871, after Wilhelm I crowned himself Emperor of Germany, he likewise promoted Bismarck to [[TheChancellorsOfGermany Chancellor of the German Empire]]. It should be said, that while the [[PuppetKing Chancellor was supposed to be subservient to the Emperor, Bismarck tended to just do what he wanted]]. He really only kept his position for so long because he was ''[[VetinariJobSecurity just that good]]'' at running Germany.

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Bismarck had a long career in politics, starting as a deputy in his local district (''Kreis''), then as a member of diets of the provinces of Pomerania and Saxony, where he became known as an arch-conservative and discovered his passion for politics. He failed to be elected to the Prussian national assembly in 1848 but was elected to the second chamber of the legislature in 1849. In 1851 he was appointed Prussia's representative to the ''Bundestag'' (the legislative body of the German Federation), where he prevented a mobilization of the federal army to intervene in the Crimean War, from 1859 on he served as Prussian Ambassador to Russia and then France. In 1862 he was appointed Minister President of Prussia during the conflict between King Wilhelm I and the legislature over the reform of the army, army. How Bismarck resolved the situation serves as a excellent example of his political ingenuity: By exploiting a border conflict in Denmark, Bismarck was able to provoke a war against the Danes in 1864, and as he predicted, the war was fairly swift and ended in a clear Prussian victory as Denmark was outmatched both in manpower and technology and not able to rally any allies to their cause. At the same time the war allowed him to paint the liberal politicians in the legislature who had blocked the army reform as unpatriotic for not supporting the army in a time of war, causing them to ultimately roll over and agree to implement the reform. In 1871, after Wilhelm I crowned himself Emperor of Germany, he likewise promoted Bismarck to [[TheChancellorsOfGermany Chancellor of the German Empire]]. It should be said, that while the [[PuppetKing Chancellor was supposed to be subservient to the Emperor, Bismarck tended to just do what he wanted]]. He really only kept his position for so long because he was ''[[VetinariJobSecurity just that good]]'' at running Germany.
2nd Sep '16 2:00:01 PM Morgenthaler
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Born to a land-owning {{Prussia}}n family -- his father was a nobleman, his mother came from a family of (commoner) scholars and public servants -- in 1815, Otto Eduard Leopold von Bismarck is most famous for the role he played in unifying Germany and forging it into an economic superpower, thereby creating the [[ImperialGermany German Empire]], his Blood and Iron speech, and for having been a MagnificentBastard, earning himself the nickname the "[[RedBaron Iron Chancellor]]".

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Born to a land-owning {{Prussia}}n UsefulNotes/{{Prussia}}n family -- his father was a nobleman, his mother came from a family of (commoner) scholars and public servants -- in 1815, Otto Eduard Leopold von Bismarck is most famous for the role he played in unifying Germany and forging it into an economic superpower, thereby creating the [[ImperialGermany [[UsefulNotes/ImperialGermany German Empire]], his Blood and Iron speech, and for having been a MagnificentBastard, earning himself the nickname the "[[RedBaron Iron Chancellor]]".



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16th Jan '16 2:14:14 PM TheAmazingBlachman
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Ever the pragmatic politician, Bismarck knew that, even though Germany had established itself as Europe's most populated country and a leading economic powerhouse, [[TallPoppySyndrome and exactly for those reasons]], war, especially a two-front one, was a looming threat to the country, and so it became his main goal during his time as Imperial Chancellor to make sure that stability in Europe prevailed above all else and that Germany's rivals would remain too divided to pull an EnemyMine on the country. To summarize, Bismarck achieved this by constant political manoeuvring and trickery, eventually creating a byzantine mess of alliances between the European nations. This, of course, served him fine: His goal was to ensure that if war was ever brought up as a possibility, the stakes would be raised so horrifyingly high that everyone who didn't immediately step back down after measuring them, would at least think more than twice about actually going further in that direction. Unfortunately for Bismarck Wilhelm II quickly got fed up with [[TheChessmaster him having his own agenda]], and got rid of him in 1890. [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarI Even more unfortunately for Europe, and in the end, especially Germany itself]], Bismarck's complicated patchwork of alliances remained in effect and would continue to breed discontent and subdued aggression between the European nations for years after his death in 1898, until a small push from a certain event in Sarajevo caused the DisasterDominoes to fall...

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Ever the pragmatic politician, Bismarck knew that, even though Germany had established itself as Europe's most populated country and a leading economic powerhouse, [[TallPoppySyndrome and exactly for those reasons]], war, especially a two-front one, was a looming threat to the country, and so it became his main goal during his time as Imperial Chancellor to make sure that stability in Europe prevailed above all else and that Germany's rivals would remain too divided to pull an EnemyMine on the country. To summarize, Bismarck achieved this by constant political manoeuvring and trickery, eventually creating a byzantine mess of alliances between the European nations. This, of course, served him fine: His goal was to ensure that if war was ever brought up as a possibility, the stakes would be raised so horrifyingly high that everyone who didn't immediately step back down after measuring them, would at least think more than twice about actually going further in that direction. Unfortunately for Bismarck Wilhelm II II, who ascended the German throne in 1888, quickly got fed up with [[TheChessmaster him having his own agenda]], and got rid of him in 1890. [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarI Even more unfortunately for Europe, and in the end, especially Germany itself]], Bismarck's complicated patchwork of alliances remained in effect and would continue to breed discontent and subdued aggression between the European nations for years after his death in 1898, until a small push from a certain event in Sarajevo caused the DisasterDominoes to fall...
30th Aug '15 6:54:43 PM LtFedora
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* {{Realpolitik}}: The TropeCodifier. He even said "Politics is the art of the possible." But his political manoeuvring

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* {{Realpolitik}}: The TropeCodifier. He even said "Politics is the art of the possible." But his political manoeuvring
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1st Aug '15 2:36:01 PM TheAmazingBlachman
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Ever the pragmatic politician, Bismarck knew that even though Germany had established itself as Europe's most populated country and a leading economic powerhouse, [[TallPoppySyndrome and exactly for those reasons]], knew that war, especially a two-front one, was a looming threat to the country, and so it became his main goal during his time as Imperial Chancellor to make sure that stability in Europe prevailed above all else and that Germany's rivals would remain too divided to pull an EnemyMine on the country. To summarize, Bismarck achieved this by constant political manoeuvring and trickery, eventually creating a byzantine mess of alliances between the European nations. This, of course, served him fine: His goal was to ensure that if war was ever brought up as a possibility, the stakes would be raised so horrifyingly high that everyone who didn't immediately step back down after measuring them, would at least think more than twice about actually going further in that direction. Unfortunately for Bismarck Wilhelm II quickly got fed up with [[TheChessmaster him having his own agenda]], and got rid of him in 1890. [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarI Even more unfortunately for Europe, and in the end, especially Germany itself]], Bismarck's complicated patchwork of alliances remained in effect and would continue to breed discontent and subdued aggression between the European nations for years after his death in 1898, until a small push from a certain event in Sarajevo caused the DisasterDominoes to fall...

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Ever the pragmatic politician, Bismarck knew that that, even though Germany had established itself as Europe's most populated country and a leading economic powerhouse, [[TallPoppySyndrome and exactly for those reasons]], knew that war, especially a two-front one, was a looming threat to the country, and so it became his main goal during his time as Imperial Chancellor to make sure that stability in Europe prevailed above all else and that Germany's rivals would remain too divided to pull an EnemyMine on the country. To summarize, Bismarck achieved this by constant political manoeuvring and trickery, eventually creating a byzantine mess of alliances between the European nations. This, of course, served him fine: His goal was to ensure that if war was ever brought up as a possibility, the stakes would be raised so horrifyingly high that everyone who didn't immediately step back down after measuring them, would at least think more than twice about actually going further in that direction. Unfortunately for Bismarck Wilhelm II quickly got fed up with [[TheChessmaster him having his own agenda]], and got rid of him in 1890. [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarI Even more unfortunately for Europe, and in the end, especially Germany itself]], Bismarck's complicated patchwork of alliances remained in effect and would continue to breed discontent and subdued aggression between the European nations for years after his death in 1898, until a small push from a certain event in Sarajevo caused the DisasterDominoes to fall...
1st Aug '15 2:31:54 PM TheAmazingBlachman
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Ever the pragmatic politician, Bismarck knew that even though Germany had established itself as Europe's most populated country and a leading economic powerhouse, [[TallPoppySyndrome and exactly for those reasons]], knew that war, especially a two-front one, was a looming threat to the country, and so it became his main goal during his time as Imperial Chancellor to make sure that stability in Europe prevailed above all else and that Germany's rivals would remain too divided to pull an EnemyMine. To summarize, Bismarck achieved this by constant political manoeuvring and trickery, eventually creating a byzantine mess of alliances between the European nations. This, of course, served him fine: His goal was to ensure that if war was ever brought up as a possibility, the stakes would be raised so horrifyingly high that everyone who didn't immediately step back down after measuring them, would at least think more than twice about actually going further in that direction. Unfortunately for Bismarck Wilhelm II quickly got fed up with [[TheChessmaster him having his own agenda]], and got rid of him in 1890. [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarI Even more unfortunately for Europe, and in the end, especially Germany itself]], Bismarck's complicated patchwork of alliances remained in effect and would continue to breed discontent and subdued aggression between the European nations for years after his death in 1898, until a small push from a certain event in Sarajevo caused the DisasterDominoes to fall...

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Ever the pragmatic politician, Bismarck knew that even though Germany had established itself as Europe's most populated country and a leading economic powerhouse, [[TallPoppySyndrome and exactly for those reasons]], knew that war, especially a two-front one, was a looming threat to the country, and so it became his main goal during his time as Imperial Chancellor to make sure that stability in Europe prevailed above all else and that Germany's rivals would remain too divided to pull an EnemyMine.EnemyMine on the country. To summarize, Bismarck achieved this by constant political manoeuvring and trickery, eventually creating a byzantine mess of alliances between the European nations. This, of course, served him fine: His goal was to ensure that if war was ever brought up as a possibility, the stakes would be raised so horrifyingly high that everyone who didn't immediately step back down after measuring them, would at least think more than twice about actually going further in that direction. Unfortunately for Bismarck Wilhelm II quickly got fed up with [[TheChessmaster him having his own agenda]], and got rid of him in 1890. [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarI Even more unfortunately for Europe, and in the end, especially Germany itself]], Bismarck's complicated patchwork of alliances remained in effect and would continue to breed discontent and subdued aggression between the European nations for years after his death in 1898, until a small push from a certain event in Sarajevo caused the DisasterDominoes to fall...
1st Aug '15 2:31:11 PM TheAmazingBlachman
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Bismarck had a long career in politics, starting as a deputy in his local district (''Kreis''), then as a member of diets of the provinces of Pomerania and Saxony, where he became known as an arch-conservative and discovered his passion for politics. He failed to be elected to the Prussian national assembly in 1848 but was elected to the second chamber of the legislature in 1849. In 1851 he was appointed Prussia's representative to the ''Bundestag'' (the legislative body of the German Federation), where he prevented a mobilization of the federal army to intervene in the Crimean War, from 1859 on he served as Prussian Ambassador to Russia and then France. In 1862 he was appointed Minister President of Prussia during the conflict between King Wilhelm I and the legislature over the reform of the army, and in 1871 [[TheChancellorsOfGermany Chancellor of the German Empire]]. It should be said, that while the [[PuppetKing Chancellor was supposed to be subservient to the Emperor, Bismarck tended to just do what he wanted]]. [[VetinariJobSecurity He really only kept his position for so long because he was ''just that good'' at running Germany, and was the only one skilled enough to maintain the complicated foreign policy he had set up.]] Unfortunately for Bismarck (and [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarOne eventually]] Germany) Wilhelm II quickly got fed up with him [[TheChessmaster having his own agenda]], and got rid of him.

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Bismarck had a long career in politics, starting as a deputy in his local district (''Kreis''), then as a member of diets of the provinces of Pomerania and Saxony, where he became known as an arch-conservative and discovered his passion for politics. He failed to be elected to the Prussian national assembly in 1848 but was elected to the second chamber of the legislature in 1849. In 1851 he was appointed Prussia's representative to the ''Bundestag'' (the legislative body of the German Federation), where he prevented a mobilization of the federal army to intervene in the Crimean War, from 1859 on he served as Prussian Ambassador to Russia and then France. In 1862 he was appointed Minister President of Prussia during the conflict between King Wilhelm I and the legislature over the reform of the army, and in 1871 1871, after Wilhelm I crowned himself Emperor of Germany, he likewise promoted Bismarck to [[TheChancellorsOfGermany Chancellor of the German Empire]]. It should be said, that while the [[PuppetKing Chancellor was supposed to be subservient to the Emperor, Bismarck tended to just do what he wanted]]. [[VetinariJobSecurity He really only kept his position for so long because he was ''just ''[[VetinariJobSecurity just that good'' good]]'' at running Germany, Germany.

Ever the pragmatic politician, Bismarck knew that even though Germany had established itself as Europe's most populated country
and a leading economic powerhouse, [[TallPoppySyndrome and exactly for those reasons]], knew that war, especially a two-front one, was a looming threat to the only one skilled enough country, and so it became his main goal during his time as Imperial Chancellor to maintain make sure that stability in Europe prevailed above all else and that Germany's rivals would remain too divided to pull an EnemyMine. To summarize, Bismarck achieved this by constant political manoeuvring and trickery, eventually creating a byzantine mess of alliances between the complicated foreign policy he had set up.]] European nations. This, of course, served him fine: His goal was to ensure that if war was ever brought up as a possibility, the stakes would be raised so horrifyingly high that everyone who didn't immediately step back down after measuring them, would at least think more than twice about actually going further in that direction. Unfortunately for Bismarck (and [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarOne eventually]] Germany) Wilhelm II quickly got fed up with him [[TheChessmaster him having his own agenda]], and got rid of him.him in 1890. [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarI Even more unfortunately for Europe, and in the end, especially Germany itself]], Bismarck's complicated patchwork of alliances remained in effect and would continue to breed discontent and subdued aggression between the European nations for years after his death in 1898, until a small push from a certain event in Sarajevo caused the DisasterDominoes to fall...



* {{Realpolitik}}: The TropeCodifier. He even said "Politics is the art of the possible."

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* {{Realpolitik}}: The TropeCodifier. He even said "Politics is the art of the possible."
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