Cavour vs Bismarck - Cavour vs BismarckThe unification movements in Italy and Germany were characterized by many important similarities and

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Unformatted text preview: 1-29-06Cavour vs. BismarckThe unification movements in Italy and Germany were characterized by many important similarities and distinctions, yet both proved very effective in achieving their objective. In control of these movements were two brilliant men: Cavour, a classical liberal, and Bismarck, an ultra-conservative. Cavour, unlike Bismarck, could not have succeeded alone. As the prime minister of Piedmont, Cavour had little influence the mighty Austrian Empire whom they must defeat, and required assistance. This came in the form of the Franco-Piedmont Agreement in which France agreed to help Piedmont in the event of an Austrian attack, into which the Austrians were goaded in 1859. However, unlike Cavour, the Prussian Prime Minister Otto von Bismarck had plenty of the diplomatic and militaristic power needed to defeat Austria and succeed in his unification of Germany, as long as he could insure the neutrality of other European powers. As a master politician, he had no trouble in this feat. neutrality of other European powers....
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