Prince Otto von Bismarck was seen as both a political genius and a power monger, like a German version of Alexander the Great by the people. Bismarck was a conservative, who used the people around him to reach his goals; and in doing so, he pitted people against one another. According to the book 19th Century Germany by John Breuilly, modern historians have found it very hard “to separate the man from his achievements” (Breuilly 172). The historians have run into a roadblock that consists mostly of “Bismarck’s individuality and his responsibility for the political development of the Empire” (Breuilly 172). Bismarck was known to support nationalism and patriotism, and he believed in the Burschenschaften or student organizations. He also believed in the concept of faith in power, more in ideas. Bismarck only cared for two things: Prussia and Prussian power, and he would do anything to obtain Prussian domination. Although Bismarck did not care for Germany, he was all for German Unification. Historians cannot decide if Bismarck’s legacy is positive or negative but they agree that he was a “brilliant and shrewd tactician who succeeded in postponing the problem of political mobilization for 60 years” (Breuilly 172). In Otto von Bismarck, some people saw a great man who was ahead of his time, while others saw nothing more than a bloodthirsty power monger, who wanted a united Germany to
By the early 1800s the Germany we know today was constructed of 39 independent states the largest of which was Prussia. These states shared similar culture and industry which in turn brought them closer together. Though this caused a problem in Europe since they thought unified Germany would be too
Kaiser Wilhelm II was the last German Emperor and King of Prussia. A man that would come to be ridiculed and blamed for things perhaps out of his control, he was nonetheless one of the more prominent figures during the events of World War I. He showed very open enjoyment
Fascism was around approximately forty years. From 1921-1943, Mussolini was the Fascist leader in Italy and Hitler was the Fascist leader in Germany. Many people thought Fascism could improve their countries because the leaders who stepped up to power, promised great improvements. They also convinced the citizens
Bismarck was an unrivalled diplomat during his reign. His German Reich constitution of April 1871 allowed him to dictate the government on his own terms. However, the parliament only “had the power to initiate debate upon any point of his (Bismarck’s) policy, but neither he nor any other minister was responsible to the assembly for his actions" (T. A. Morris, p116). Furthermore, the constitution was designed to give the impression that
Both sources teach us about what people value and the responsibilities that men and women have had within society. Wilson in his inaugural speech is justifying the greatness of moral force of a society in which the government system has been set as the model through its people and the opportunities of limitless enterprises. Wilhelm on the other hand, explains the responsibility of the people of Germany to protect at all times the fatherland and only through the ideals of imperialism, nationalism and militarism can the fate of their country be guaranteed an everlasting
Otto von Bismarck and The Unification of Germany Joshua Busekrus Senior division, Historical paper German Unification is the Single most important political development in Europe between 1848 and 1914. This sets the stage for the world wars and particularly for Germany unifies and becomes a great power in Europe. This alters the power in Europe. Two German states Austria and Prussia and 37 other German states which were smaller. This created a problem for Prussia because they could never actually take control. During 1806 one of Napoleons accomplishments was to abolish political entity that was the Roman Empire. By this happening gives Germany the chance to rise. With Napoleons rise he made 300 states of Germany to 39 states of Germany. This created the idea of creating just one German state instead of multiple.
HSC Modern History Maddie Chandler Account for the successes and failures of democracy in Germany in the period 1919-1934. The crippling aftermath of World War 1 had a devastating impact on the German economy, society, and political system was devastating. Reparations had to be paid to the Allies, hyperinflation was reaching senseless levels, and unemployment was high. The nation was angry, resentful, and almost every move made by their leaders was criticised. The traditional monarch, the Kaiser, was abdicated from his throne and fled the nation. This resulted in the foundation of a more contemporary and unfamiliar system of government – democracy; which had periods of prosperity and success as well as catastrophe and failure. The
On 23 September 1862, Otto Eduard Leopold von Bismarck was appointed Minister-President and Foreign Minister of Prussia . Within nine years a new German nation state was created by the unification of the numerous independent German-speaking states in central Europe. The creation of Germany as a cohesive political and
Before Wilhelm became king, Otto Von Bismarck was king of Germany. Bismarck was the main reason Germany was one of the biggest European powers.When Wilhelm
In 1932, Paul Von Hindenburg, the former president, ran again for re-election. He won the election by 904,000 votes, with Marx as his runner up. People feared Jews because they were thought to be communists and did not want their country to become communist. The Germans wanted someone powerful to keep this out of their country, and this person was Adolf Hitler. After a year of his presidency, Hindenburg elected Hitler as the Chancellor of Germany. Hitler stayed true to his oath, but only because he changed the laws to the way he wanted to govern the people. The main people who were targeted by Hitler and his regime were the Jews because of their communism, and being Jewish they were looked upon as an inferior race for not being part of
Bismarck feared a two front war with Russia and Austria-Hungary so he tried to maintain allied with them. After Wilhelm the first died and Wilhelm the second replace him, Germany was on a new track to become a world power. Wilhelm II showed a lot of aggressiveness and it started to worry the European powers. The Wilhelmine era started a lot of conflicts in Europe.
Kaiser Wilhelm II (1859-1941) was one of the most recognized public figures of World War 1 spanning from 1914 to 1918. Wilhelm was the final German Emperor and King of Prussia. He had gained the reputation as a confident militarist through his speeches and imprudent newspaper interviews. Wilhelm did not
How important was the role of Bismarck in the unification of Germany? It has been said by several historians that the second half of the nineteenth century was the ‘Age of Bismarck.’ In the mid 1800’s Bismarck provided dynamic leadership- a trait which had been lacking during the events of 1848-89. Ian Mitchell stated “Bismarck was everywhere.” However, there has been a considerable degree of debate concerning the role of Bismarck in the unification of Germany. Some argue that unification would have been inevitable and had nothing to do with Bismarck, although others argue that the unification was solely down to Bismarck’s role. There are differing opinions on whether Bismarck was a planner or an opportunist or whether he was merely just
The majority of people thought Bismarck was a German enthusiast but in reality he was Prussian. The idea of creating a unified Germany developed only gradually in his mind as an addition the strengthening of Prussia. With this objective in mind, Bismarck transformed the small country of Prussia into a large European superpower with an unbeatable army. To Bismarck, enemies and alliances were only considered important if they were convenient at the time. He was practical and an opportunistic, taking advantage of situations as they developed and prepared to act in many different directions depending on the outcome. For instance, In 1862 Bismarck was appointed chief minister of Prussia; however this title alone was