Bismarck and the German Unific

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How Successfully Did Bismarck Unite Germany?

Initially being appointed in 1862 by King Wilhelm I to solve Prussian domestic quarrels over army reforms, Bismarck was given the opportunities and power he desired to pursue his goal of uniting Germany under Prussia. In order to do this he had to apply sharp foreign politics to secure Prussian dominance in Germany by 1971, but then also secure domestic unification in the German states by religious, economic and political means. Bismarck was dismissed from office by 1890, and it remains controversial how successful he was in uniting Germany and its people. This matter will be examined in this essay, taking into account Bismarck's contributions to German Unification from 1862 through 1890 and assessing his ultimate success.

In 1848/49 German Unification had already been attempted by the liberal democrats, yet the established National Assembly was ineffective, and eventually crushed by the Prussian military. Otto von Bismarck also longed for a united Germany, however he was delighted this did not happen under the banner of liberalism, but was determined to bring united Germany under the control of the conservative, anti-liberal Prussian monarchy. However between 1858 and 1862 Pruss... Continue Reading