Otto Von Bismarck

Otto Von Bismarck was the first Chancellor of Germany after uniting several Germanic states into one unified country. Under King Wilhelm the First, he brought the first welfare system to the modern world. His statesmanship and political prowess remained much admired into the twentieth century.

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What are the similarities and dissimilarities between the methods adopted by Otto Von Bismarck and Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel?

As regards similarities between Bismarck and Patel, I have no specialized knowledge. Both of them used a 3-stage system for uniting their countries; 1) Invite Union, pointing out the advantages. 2) Take advantage of the fact of human nature that people who will not unite FOR anything will unite AGAINST something - Austria/France, or Britain/Pakistan. 3) By the time only a few states are left outside the Union, the Union will be strong enough to incorporate the rest by force.

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Who was Otto von Bismarck?

Otto von Bismarck (1815-1898) was Otto Eduard Leopold, Prince von Bismarck, Count von Bismarck-Schönhausen, Duke von Lauenburg.

Bismarck was a Prussian statesman who in 1871 founded the German Empire and served as its first chancellor for 19 years.

Through German Chancellor Otto von Bismarck's (1815-1898) efforts, Germany was transformed from a loose collection of small states into the German Empire, the strongest industrialized nation in continental Europe. A unified Germany permanently changed the European balance of power. Though Bismarck dominated German and European politics for nearly 30 years, his career was a series of paradoxes. An ultraconservative, he initiated social and welfare reform. A master politician, he despised parliaments and parties. A Prussian patriot, he created a German empire.

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What methods did Otto Von Bismarck adopt to unify and integrate Germany?

Bismarck used Realpolitik, ruthless politics that puts the goals of the state ahead of any other concern (basically "ends justify the means" politics.) Specifically, in addition to ignoring Prussian law when he felt it necessary, he manipulated his way into wars--with Denmark, Austria, and France--to stir up German nationalism so he could accomplish unification. Bismarck also used the policy of Kulturkampf. This is a struggle for culture. He did so by attacking the Catholic Church, which creates a common enemy amung the North Germans. He eventually fails, but this common enemy helps to unify Germany. The Zollverein Trade and Tariff Union was an economic aid to Bismarck's unification of Germany. It brought down the barriers between states and helped to create an interdependence amung them. He emphasized a common history amung the Germans. He used Brothers Grimm, which were two brothers that wrote a collection of German fairytales including Rapunzel, Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Rumpelstiltskin, and Snow White, to show that even though the people of Germany may be different, they were still very much the same. They had the same customs, language, and traditions. The wars that Otto von Bismarck manipulated his way into were also a way of unifying Germany. Win after win got the people of Germany stirring about their great army and navy. He removed the threat of Austria, then took land from the Danish, and beat out the French. Bismarck successfully conquered the European world and united Germany.

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Why does Otto von Bismarck say that they had to be careful not to upset the Austrian empire too much?

First, I must point out that it was the Austro-HUNGARIAN empire, not just Austrian.

Bismarck wanted to keep on good terms with Austria because it could be and would prove to be, a powerful ally. It also shared a long border with Bismarck's Prussia and the other German states that had already been unified, opening the possiblity of invasion as revenge. And if Bismarck wanted to isolate France to make it easy to beat, Austria-Hungary had to like Germany better than France. Destroying Vienna would not make Germany seem better than France to the Austro-Hungarians.

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The unification of Germany under otto von Bismarck demonstrates the?

impact of nationalism

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Which nation was unified by Otto Von Bismarck and later ruled by Kaiser Wilhelm II?

Germany.

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Why is otto von Bismarck famous?

Otto Von Bismarck (1815-1898) is famous because as Prussia's 'Iron' Chancellor (1862-1890), through a series of wars he united the various German states of the mid 19th century into a single unified German Empire. He made Germany a single nation for the first time in its history. That is why he's famous.

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What are examples of Bismarck's use of realpolitik?

1. He showed the use of Realpolitik when he ignored Parliament with the passing of military budget.

2. Bismarck made an alliance with Austria, then they both seized land from Denmark. After a brief war, both countries "liberated" the two provinces and split the spoils. Then Persia found an excuse to attack Austria and was victories then he dissolved Austria led German Confederation and replaced it with a new confederation dominated by Prussia. Which shows that he used Realpolitik to make and break alliances for his countries needs at the moment.

3. France declares war on Prussia was a war that even when he is the one getting declared war on that he can use Realpolitik to get his alliances with other German countries to help defeat the French's badly organized and poorly supplied troops.

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What policies did Otto von Bismarck implement domestically?

He was one of the first proponents of a stated retirement age. He chose the age of 65. Interestingly enough, the average life span during his time would not have impacted that age because people did not live that long.

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Describe how otto von Bismarck contributed to German unification?

he collected taxes and stengthed the army from 1862 to 1866 ,he governed prussia without approval of the parliament

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What nationality was Otto von Bismarck?

Otto Eduard Leopold, Fürst von Bismarck, was Prussian.

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Who was the job of Otto Von Bismarck?

He was Chancellor of Germany during his period.

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What did Otto Von Bismarck achieve?

Well, He created the modern German state in 1871. Before him there was no unified German State only princely states.

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How old was Otto von Bismarck at death?

Otto von Bismarck died on July 30, 1898 at the age of 83.

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What were the role of sardar vallabhbhai patel and Otto von Bismarck in unification and integration?

the role of sardar patel is to generate the leadership among all the citizens of India

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Why was Otto von Bismarck important to Germany?

Because he was the main actor in the unification of the German Empire, during the second half of the 19th century.

He led a serie of war against Denmark, Austria and France in order to unify, under the Prussian control, the German Empire. He will be the first Reichskanzler (imperial Chancelor) in 1871 after the German victory over France and the annexion of the Alsace and the Lorraine lands.

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Did Otto Von Bismarck push the German states into the Franco-Prussian War to unify Germany?

No, he went to war because he lost a bet.

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What was the the German question that faced Prussia in the middle of the nineteenth century?

The German Question generally refers to the rise of German nationalism in the 19th century, where the fractured German states disagreed on the best way to achieve unification as a single nation-state.

There were two main contenders vying for supremacy: the idea of a "Greater Germany" pitted against that of a "Lesser Germany."

A "Greater Germany" pushed for the incorporation of all German states and people into a unified nation. Support for this path was led by the Austrian Empire, which wanted to continue its hegemony over German affairs.

The idea of a "Lesser Germany" pushed for the unification of only the northern German states (which were predominantly Protestant), and excluding Bavaria and Austria (which where mainly Catholic). This approach was spearheaded by the Kingdom of Prussia, the largest and most powerful of the Protestant German states at the time, and the main challenger to Austrian hegemony.

The German Question caused tension to rise between the two factions, with relations between Prussia and Austria deteriorating rapidly. Prussia wanted to use it as an opportunity to expand its influence as an emerging power over German affairs, while Austria sought to block its rival in any way it could.

This conflict eventually culminated into the Austro-Prussian War in 1866, where Austria was soundly defeated by the technologically-superior Prussian military. As part of the Peace of Prague that followed, Prussia was able to secure its desire for a "Lesser Germany," founding the North German Confederation and becoming the new leading German power. Austria, thereafter, was intentionally excluded from the confederation, along with Bavaria and a few other south German states.

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What was reportedly the joke created by Otto Von Bismarck concerning the British army?

While the British Navy was incredibly powerful and large, Bismarck's land-forces were far larger. As a result, Bismarck joked, saying, "If the British Army landed in Europe, I'd get the Belgian police to arrest them."

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How did Otto von Bismarck bring about the crowning of King William of Prussia as Kaiser of the second Reich?

Otto von Bismarck created the German empire and became its first ruler. He was removed from office by King William in 1890. King William then became Kaiser of the Second Reich.

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How tall was otto von Bismarck?

Otto von Bismarck was 196cm tall or 6'5".

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When did Otto von Bismarck die?

Otto von Bismarck died on July 30, 1898 at the age of 83.

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What was otto von Bismarck responsible for?

The unfication of Germany

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How did the Franco-Prussian War change the balance of power in Europe?

The Napoleonic Wars ended in 1815 with a peace settlement orchestrated by the brilliant Austrian foreign minister, Metternich. The peace settlement was known as "the Concert of Vienna" and kept the peace in Europe for the next 99 years with the exception of the Franco-Prussian War. The Concert of Vienna adjusted affairs in Europe so that each nation felt its national interests were protected, and, most importantly, maintained a delicate balance of power between European nations.

However, in 1815 Germany did not exist. There were dozens of "Germanic States", some very small, a few fairly large, where Germany is today. When Germany was created by uniting all these "Germanic States" into one single nation under the plans of the Prussian minister Bismarck, this was the appearance of a new, large nation in central Europe, which was not planned for nor accommodated under the Vienna peace plan of fifty years before. The very existence of a united Germany upset the delicate balance of power of the Concert of Vienna which had kept the peace for those fifty years. Alarmed at the appearance of a powerful new united neighbor on her border, France immediately picked a fight with the newly united Germany, started a war, and promptly lost it. This proved that not only was there a united Germany here to stay, but that Germany was a powerful nation capable of easily handling France, which had been considered one of the world's great powers. This made the arrangements of the Concert of Vienna out of date, and nations began making alliances with one another, to increase their feelings of security about what might happen if a large war came. It was these alliances which caused many European nations to be pulled into war in 1914, when the nations they were allied with went to war.

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Who won the Franco-Prussian War?

The GERMAN EMPIRE (led by the Prussians). They swiftly and easily inflicted a most humiliating defeat on France. They paraded their triumphant army down the Champs-Élysées in Paris, and as the price of the war took the provinces of Alsace and Lorraine from France. France burned with embarrassment and thirsted for revenge and for the restoration of her lost provinces for the next forty years, helping to set the stage for WWI.

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