Bismarck And The German Empire. A Deatiled Story About Bismarck And His Role In History.

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Bismarck, a man of great power and a man of great problems. For most common knowledge Bismarck is known as "the man of blood and iron". He had an intellectual dominion over all the politians of his time, and his dominance was acknowledged by everyone. Bismarck was offended called by many people and historians as "a statesman who suppresses everything that he can imagine". (ix) Bismarck was born in 1815, became Prussian Prime Minister in 1862 (the same time Lincoln was president in the United States) and ruled over Prussia and the German Empire for twenty- eight years and died in 1898. Now, that this was summed up, lets start at the beginning, and that would be were the origin begins.A person becomes who they are by their past, their up bringing and their parents/role models. Bismarck's background involves a father who was a Prussian Junker, a junker was a nobleman, and as a ruler a great landowner. "His father status as a nobleman was expressed by the preposition 'von' before his name." (11) They that are part of the noble group are of a less important type, both in material wealth and in political influence. Many of them belonged to the small nobility and depended on their salary as officers or civil servants. Thus, the young Bismarck grew up at his father's country estate among people who were accustomed to accept the rule, even the dictatorship, of the nobleman, and who regarded every member of his family as a born master. Bismarck grew a very well accustomed topage 2this life style, he in 1884, said to a Liberal member of parliament with whom he was on friendly terms: "I am a Junker and want to profit from it" (13). However, he was only of nobility from his father's side, his mother was not of noble background at all, she was of middle-class stock. Although, he inherited from his mother not only his nerves, but his vitality and superior intelligence. Bismarck was known for having a variety of qualities, all relating to each other, sarcastic (towards liberals mainly); the principle he followed was "what reason of state", which means "help make the state more powerful"; he also didn't respect many nations opinions or many people (he thought he was better than everyone)m he thought that confidence scared people; and finally he thought that honesty meant nothing.Bismarck, being from a noble family had two choices of careers, since he did not really take his studies very seriously and seldom even attended any lectures he could only choose either one, to be a officer in the army or that of an official in the higher grades of administration or in diplomatic service (which because of his studies he did not choose).The turning point of Bismarck's life was his friendship with a woman, Marie von Thadden. She was a daughter of a Pomeranian nobleman and very religious. But she was engaged to one of his best friends and after the first year of their marriage, she became very ill and for the first...

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