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What do you think of Bismarck? A genius politician, a brutal dictator, a mix of both?
I hate Krauts who disagree with me but I hate other countries even more.
t. Otto von Bismarck.
He gave Germany its first social security system, was a National Liberal, then Conservative, the National Liberal again and then got sadly kicked out of government by his own Emperor
If Bismarck had only been allowed to continue heading the government World War 1 could have been avoided, oh the possibilities...
It was inevitable, wasn't it
But yes, Bismarck was pretty good. He made one big mistake with Alsace-Lorraine though
WW1 could not have been avoided. The alliances may have been different, otherwise I do not see the nationalistic squabbles resolving themselves without a cataclysm.
Willy was a fascinating personality and gets shat on by historians much more than he deserves, but still some of the actions he took were moronic to say it nicely.
The man was a genius, just look at his political manipulation of conflict against firstly Austria and then France, he aggravated them to the point of them declaring war and then plowed through them with prowess. He pretty much is the sole reason that Germany unified. In saying this he pretty much keked my shit up and allowed Germany to ruin Europe beyond all repair. On the other hand, it was probably that shithead Wilhelm II who keked Europe's shit up by being a general cuntbag, aggravating situations in North Africa and essentially overriding the authority of his most experienced generals
I found it, to be fair I had to scroll down quite a ways
t. ''German'' American with 1/64 german blood.
Germanboo threads will dominate this board in a few weeks if no one keeps the Kwanzanian in check.
Bismarck was nothing special by the way. If the Italians could do it no reason for the Prussians to fail with far more military power than Savoy and the good graces of Britain.
>t. ''German'' American with 1/64 german blood.
>Germanboo threads will dominate this board in a few weeks if no one keeps the Kwanzanian in check.
I doubt it. Check the rest of the board.
>Bismarck was nothing special by the way. If the Italians could do it no reason for the Prussians to fail with far more military power than Savoy and the good graces of Britain.
Italy wasn't surrounded by dozens of other powers and also didn't have the internal conflicts existant in the German empire.
>Italy wasn't surrounded by dozens of other powers
It kinda was yes. Austria and France, Ottomans in the med. Italy was much less powerful.
Prussia had France, Austria and Russia, but Russia was hardly in a position to be of danger at this moment. The Crimean war showcased their weaknesses and Britain had come to hate them. Britain was also diplomatically inclined toward Prussia with the French being the both's rivals.
>didn't have the internal conflicts existant in the German empire.
More than half of Germany was in Prussia's pocket ever since the end of the Napoleonic war. Only the South resisted but only as long as Austria was backing them. The French went full retard, since against all his adviser's wish Napoleon 3 decided to weaken Austria's armies right as Prussia was trying to unify Germany.
If you want to see real diplomatic maneuvering look up the Bourbon diplomacy of the 18th century. Really impressive stunts. Or generally anything related to the Ottomans, France, and Britain, a very complex triangle going on between the 3.
Check out pic related's biography. They're on google. Really interesting chess play approach.
Napoleon III never even wanted war, the republicans forced it onto him, and even then Napoleon knew he needed an army the size of Bismarck's, at the time it was professional, and pretty much better, but simply couldn't compete with manpower. Napoleon had a plan to modernize the army and put in a proper conscription but the republic refused to pass it