Figures in history: otto von bismarck (1815–1898) otto von bismarck was responsible for transforming a collection of small german states, unifying them into. Before unification, germany consisted of a multitude of principalities loosely bound together as members of the german confederation bismarck played a crucial role in uniting most of the confederation's members into a single nation in his first speech as minister-president, he had referred to the issue of. Bismarck, otto von remains one of the most significant political figures of modern germany this stature derives from his contribution to the creation and shaping of the modern german state as prussian minister president and imperial chancellor from 1862 to 1890 his activities and attitudes as parliamentary deputy during. Biography of bismarck otto von bismarck was the architect of a prussian consolidation that was also a form of german unification in 1832, the age of seventeen, he entered the university of göttingen where he studied law and history but after a year transferred to berlin to complete his studies as a doctor of law in 1836. In the summer of 1862, otto von bismarck was appointed minister-president of prussia his highest previous yet with a few brusque strokes, the novice minister solved the riddle that had stymied european diplomacy for two generations: how to unify germany and reorganize central europe he had to. But while her regional rivals were unified nations, prussia was limited in capability by internal conflict with other german kingdoms other german states otto von bismarck considered by modern germans to be the “father of germany”, otto von bismarck was instrumental in forging the german empire.
Born in prussia on april 1, 1815, otto von bismarck went on to become the first chancellor of germany and the mastermind behind its unification known for his ruthless but brilliant politics, bismarck was lionized almost instantly upon his death, but his role in european history has undergone critical. Since germany itself unified rather late in the game, in the 1800's, after a long history of disunity, we have a good picture of how it would be achievable for europe (with an even longer instead, germany would be united by iron and blood, with yeoman's labor by otto von bismarck and the prussian army. His father, ferdinand von bismarck-schönhausen, was a junker squire descended from a swabian family that had ultimately settled as estate owners in pomerania skills being perhaps less than average—and bismarck was not to know real wealth until the rewards flowed in after the achievement of german unification.
Herr otto von bismarck's unique personality and image was a key factor in the unification of germany part one of a two part series. The northern german states now looked to prussia for leadership, but that power brought increased attention from their enemies otto von bismarck - v: prussia ascendant - extra history bismark's back with an even bigger and better plan this time, officially uniting the german states under prussia.
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Otto von bismarck was arguably the most dominant political figure in europe during the latter half of the nineteenth century he orchestrated a series of european wars that culminated in the creation of a unified german empire with himself as the new chancellor and prussian king wilhelm i as emperor. Bismarck's diplomacy of realpolitik and powerful rule at home gained him the nickname the iron chancellor german unification and its rapid economic growth was the foundation to his foreign policy he disliked colonialism but reluctantly built an overseas empire when it was demanded by both elite and mass opinion.
It can be argued that germany would have been grasped by the powerful gravitational pull of nationalism sweeping through europe whether bismarck had existed or not when otto von bismarck was recalled from paris to become minister-president of prussia in 1862, german nationalism was already more than 40 years. The unification of germany in 1871 into a politically and an administratively integrated nation state, is highly regarded as a direct result from a prussian statesman named otto von bismarck and his political strategies bismarck used his skill as an excellent orator, his great ability to read and manipulate others, as well as his. Otto-von-bismarck liberal hopes for german unification were not met during the politically turbulent 1848-49 period a prussian plan for a smaller union was dropped in late 1850 after austria threatened prussia with war despite this setback, desire for some kind of german unity, either with or without. In his insightful biography bismarck: a life, jonathan steinberg vivifies otto von bismarck, minister-president of prussia (1862-1890) and chancellor of germany (1871-1890) the austrian emperor asked the prussian king to attend a conference on the voluntary unification of germany fearing.
Bismarck turned up the heat on his long-term plan to unite the german confederation under prussian leadership he allied with austria to seize a piece of dis. Two hundred years after otto von bismarck was born, germans are still struggling with the legacy of their first leader: was he a war-mongering villain, or a german media have been filled with reports about bismarck, who was until now a vague recollection from school history lessons for many germans. The man who did most to unite the german states was otto von bismarck he was the prussian chancellor and his main goal was to strengthen even further the position of prussia in europe his primary aims were to: unify the north german states under prussian control weaken prussia's main rival, austria, by removing it. Most german revolutionaries wanted prussia to unify germany under the lesser german solution in oppose to austria in a bigger german solution as austria was settled by many non-germans had otto von bismarck did not exist at that time, other german chancellors or ministers would have taken the role.