History UsefulNotes / OttoVonBismarck

22nd Oct '17 5:22:02 PM nombretomado
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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, he had brought glory and territory to Prussia and successfully subdued his political opponents. During this time, Bismarck began to reconsider his conservative views. He was still a reactionary and anti-democratic aristocrat but he also saw the way the wind was blowing. As such [[TheMoralSubstitute he started coming around to German Unification provided]] that it was led and carried out by aristocrats and that it could create an autocratic state that nonetheless made the middle-class into its partners against the rising socialist tides (that the Forty-Eighters collapsed when they tried to oppose). The way to deal with it was a complex fusion of domestic and foreign policy, by which internal problems and reforms and the potential precedent it could set for democratization was defused by diverting it first to war, then pragmatic concessions and compromises that fell short of original demand, and which allowed the Prussian military Junker class and their aristocratic friends to continue ruling the way they did. Bismarck was good at foreign policy, not in building peace, but in provoking war and making Prussia look like the defenders against the aggressors. This served him well against Denmark, against Austria, and then definitively in the UsefulNotes/FrancoPrussianWar, against the former hegemon of continental Europe. In 1871, after Wilhelm I crowned himself Emperor of Germany, he 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]] and the Prussian King acquiesced. Bismarck had achieved the ends he had wanted, but the means he used for achieving it, could not be easily done away with.

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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, he had brought glory and territory to Prussia and successfully subdued his political opponents. During this time, Bismarck began to reconsider his conservative views. He was still a reactionary and anti-democratic aristocrat but he also saw the way the wind was blowing. As such [[TheMoralSubstitute he started coming around to German Unification provided]] that it was led and carried out by aristocrats and that it could create an autocratic state that nonetheless made the middle-class into its partners against the rising socialist tides (that the Forty-Eighters collapsed when they tried to oppose). The way to deal with it was a complex fusion of domestic and foreign policy, by which internal problems and reforms and the potential precedent it could set for democratization was defused by diverting it first to war, then pragmatic concessions and compromises that fell short of original demand, and which allowed the Prussian military Junker class and their aristocratic friends to continue ruling the way they did. Bismarck was good at foreign policy, not in building peace, but in provoking war and making Prussia look like the defenders against the aggressors. This served him well against Denmark, against Austria, and then definitively in the UsefulNotes/FrancoPrussianWar, against the former hegemon of continental Europe. In 1871, after Wilhelm I crowned himself Emperor of Germany, he promoted Bismarck to [[TheChancellorsOfGermany [[UsefulNotes/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]] and the Prussian King acquiesced. Bismarck had achieved the ends he had wanted, but the means he used for achieving it, could not be easily done away with.
15th Oct '17 10:37:36 AM JulianLapostat
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* ''WebVideo/ExtraCredits Extra History]]'' is conducting a series on him in 2017, it's expected to chronicle only the early part of his career, and rise to power.
26th Aug '17 7:37:15 AM HailMuffins
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* Gilliath Osborne, from the [[VideoGame/KisekiSeries]], is an Expy, right down to his nickname, [[RedBaron the Iron and Blood Chancellor]].

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* [[MagnificentBastard Gilliath Osborne, Osborne]], from the [[VideoGame/KisekiSeries]], ''VideoGame/KisekiSeries'', is an Expy, right down to his nickname, [[RedBaron the Iron and Blood Chancellor]].
26th Aug '17 7:35:44 AM HailMuffins
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* Gilliath Osborne, from the [[VideoGame/KisekiSeries]], is an Expy, right down to his nickname, [[RedBaron the Iron and Blood Chancellor]].
17th Jun '17 1:45:09 PM JulianLapostat
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Born to a land-owning 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 [[UsefulNotes/ImperialGermany German Empire]], his Blood and Iron speech, and for having been a MagnificentBastard, earning himself the nickname the "[[RedBaron Iron Chancellor]]".

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 successfully subdued his political opponents.

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.

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, 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...

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Born to a land-owning UsefulNotes/{{Prussia}}n family -- his father was a nobleman, his mother came from a family of (commoner) scholars and public servants 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 [[UsefulNotes/ImperialGermany German Empire]], his Blood and Iron speech, and for having been a MagnificentBastard, earning himself the nickname the "[[RedBaron Iron Chancellor]]".

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. Bismarck was a Junker, a warrior-caste that eventually came to own most of the agricultural land of Prussia. Revolutions from 1789 to the UsefulNotes/RevolutionsOf1848 included the promise, threat and realization of agrarian reform, and this made Junkers in general, and Bismarck in particular, fiercely counter-revolutionary[[note]]The Chancellor who succeeded Bismarck, Leopold von Caprivi tried to provide some moderate reforms which could have eroded their interests, and he was fiercely opposed by the Junkers who got him kicked out[[/note]]. When the Revolutions broke out, Bismarck apparently tried to raise a militia to defend the King, and he was fiercely opposed to the goals of the Forty-Eighters, including [[EarlyInstallmentWeirdness German Unification]]. 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, UsefulNotes/CrimeanWar, from 1859 on he served as Prussian Ambassador to Russia and then France. 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 he had brought glory and territory to Prussia and successfully subdued his political opponents.opponents. During this time, Bismarck began to reconsider his conservative views. He was still a reactionary and anti-democratic aristocrat but he also saw the way the wind was blowing. As such [[TheMoralSubstitute he started coming around to German Unification provided]] that it was led and carried out by aristocrats and that it could create an autocratic state that nonetheless made the middle-class into its partners against the rising socialist tides (that the Forty-Eighters collapsed when they tried to oppose). The way to deal with it was a complex fusion of domestic and foreign policy, by which internal problems and reforms and the potential precedent it could set for democratization was defused by diverting it first to war, then pragmatic concessions and compromises that fell short of original demand, and which allowed the Prussian military Junker class and their aristocratic friends to continue ruling the way they did. Bismarck was good at foreign policy, not in building peace, but in provoking war and making Prussia look like the defenders against the aggressors. This served him well against Denmark, against Austria, and then definitively in the UsefulNotes/FrancoPrussianWar, against the former hegemon of continental Europe. In 1871, after Wilhelm I crowned himself Emperor of Germany, he 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]] and the Prussian King acquiesced. Bismarck had achieved the ends he had wanted, but the means he used for achieving it, could not be easily done away with.

The manner of France's defeat (Punitive Reparations and Taking away of territory against the will of the French citizens living there) in the Franco-Prussian War was of such a kind that it made long-term peace between the two nations impossible. Bismarck apparently did not want to take the territory but his general staff, namely Moltke the Elder, insisted. He then set about spending the remainder of his career in social and domestic policies while his foreign policies involved trying to form alliances with England, Austria and Russia, to better isolate France. On the domestic front, Bismarck spent much of his time enacting a series of policies to strengthen the state, first against the Catholics (Kulturkampf), [[EnemyMine then allying with the newly formed Catholic Center party]], against the socialists, while at the same time, passing welfare laws to the surprise and consternation of his conservative allies, namely pension for elderly workers and access to affordable insurance laws. Bismarck saw the latter as preferable to the socialist alternative of regulated workspace, safety inspections, and a shorter working-week. Laws proscribing and restricting socialist parties and left-wing parties were on the books, and Bismarck would lean on nativist conservative fears of the other (i.e. the French, the Poles, the Jews) to better strengthen the center and ruling right coalition. His downfall came with the rise to power of Kaiser Wilhelm II. The latter favoured an expansionist foreign policy while expressing opposition to Bismarck's then anti-socialist policies (not out of any sympathy to socialism but [[SlaveToPR merely because he didn't want to appear as a tyrant so early in his career]]). In his retirement, Bismarck spent his time writing his memoirs while giving interviews on how Germany would be ruined and be on the course of disaster without him. The outbreak of UsefulNotes/WorldWarI, breaking out as Bismarck had predicted over "some damned foolish thing in the Balkans" appeared to have vindicated him.


In 1871, after Wilhelm I crowned himself Emperor of Germany, he likewise promoted Opinions about Bismarck to [[TheChancellorsOfGermany Chancellor remain contentious. Admirers can be found among conservatives (Henry Kissinger) and liberals (UsefulNotes/JohnFKennedy). They cite his pragmatism, his mastery of the German Empire]]. It should be said, that while the [[PuppetKing Chancellor foreign policy (it 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 who codified the word {{Realpolitik}}) and credit him with building the modern welfare state and the modern military-industry complex. Others however have questioned this view. They point out that good]]'' at running 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]], 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, 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 aggressive and would continue asymmetrical approach to breed discontent politics had little room for consensus and subdued aggression between the European nations compromise, and Bismarck seemed unable to separate [[ItsAllAboutMe his personal ambitions with national self-interest]], thereby legitimizing authoritarianism in a modern government. They also note that Bismarck's achievements in a large sense were reversed since for years a century after his death dismissal in 1898, until a small push from a certain event in Sarajevo caused 1890, Germany would be partitioned and occupied by rival powers, with the DisasterDominoes modern Germany having reduced territory with much of its military reduced by neighboring powers thanks to fall...the catastrophic world wars and violence his successors inflicted on the world. Historians oppose any real continuity between Bismarck and Hitler (who ''did'' admire the Iron Chancellor) by noting that Bismarck at least supported the appearance of norms and did not openly lie and break treaties the way the latter did. Others note that Bismarck's time in office condoned and enabled the rise of anti-semitic, social darwinist and chauvinist forces[[note]](albeit for selfish and pragmatic reasons which he always controlled before it went too far)[[/note]], driven by AppealToForce and the use of military victory to patch over domestic problems. At the end of his career, Bismarck's Germany became the economic powerhouse of continental Europe with the largest population. A position, despite later turmoil, that it maintains to this day. While many would not credit Bismarck entirely for that, it would certainly not have been possible without the brief but strong unified German state that he created.
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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