Bismarck's Unification of Germany and the Foreign Office

Bismarck's - Colin Gallo Short Analysis Paper#1 It can be said with little opposition that Otto von Bismarck was the chief and perhaps sole

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Colin Gallo Short Analysis Paper #1 It can be said with little opposition that Otto von Bismarck was the chief and perhaps,  sole architect of the 1871 unification of Germanic states into the first German Empire. His is  credited with many years of hard work, and what some may call manipulation, the result of  which was his visions transition into reality. Through many carefully planned and meticulously  coordinated political moves, Bismarck guided the hearts and minds of those people he hoped to  one day unite under a single German standard. Be they foreign governments who did want a  united power to stand against them, or Germanic people who did not wish to shake up the status  quo on top of which they had built successful lives, or liberal members of parliament, who would  not justify the spending required of Bismarck’s expansionist aspirations, there was no entity that  Otto was not able to cleverly beguile into sharing his view, nor was there a foreign power that did  not eventually lay down its arms at the might of Prussia’s fighting forces. Even after Bismarck  ultimately attained his goals, he still held much sway and power over the institutions and  departments of the empire he had just created. For example, the German Foreign Office, though  technically autonomous, was completely subservient to him, the chancellor of the German  Empire. Although one can easily state that Bismarck was wildly successful in carrying out his  plans, it can also be said that he fell short of implementing a total unity amongst the German  people, for when one looks to the inhabitants of then Bohemia or Austria, there he or she will  find people who considered themselves to be German, yet fell just outside the realm of the  empire.
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This note was uploaded on 04/02/2008 for the course HIST 363 taught by Professor Rollins during the Fall '07 term at Rutgers.

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Bismarck's - Colin Gallo Short Analysis Paper#1 It can be said with little opposition that Otto von Bismarck was the chief and perhaps sole

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