19th Cent German Unification

4 April 2015
Analyzes three wars (1864, 1866, 1870-1871) which resulted in partial unification, focusing on political & military vision & leadership of Otto von Bismarck.

This study will examine the three nineteenth century wars (1864, 1866 and 1870-71) which resulted in the partial unification of Germany. The primary leader behind these wars and German unification was Otto von Bismarck, the creator of what would become the German Empire. Bismarck was the premier of Prussia from 1862 to 1890 and chancellor of Germany from 1871 to 1890. Had there been no Bismarck the history of Germany, Prussia, Austria and all of Europe would have been drastically altered. (The German states included the Rhineland, Westphalia, Bavaria, etc., but especially significant in this study will be the largest entities of Austria and Prussia.)

Therefore, the story of the wars of German unification can be fairly said to be the story of Bismarck himself. Even with the indomitable will of Bismarck, however, there was no guarantee..

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