Daniel Halliday
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Who was Otto von Bismarck?

Otto von Bismarck was the most prominent Prussian statesman of his time, who used diplomacy and military action to strengthen Prussia and unify German states starting in the North, eventually reluctantly joining the colonial powers of Western Europe through the establishment of Imperial Germany. He is therefore known as the ‘Iron Chancellor’ or sometimes the ‘Father of Germany’, for this role and his position as the first Chancellor of the German Empire. Who was Otto von Bismarck, what is his wider legacy and how did his career and outlook affect German history?
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Guided Germany to a modern industrialised future

Otto Von Bismarck was one of the most memorable figures of German history and the country's most dominant political force until the 1930s. His main legacy was as the unifying force that helped found Germany as a modern industrial state, and defeated powerful neighbours such as France in the process. Bismarck’s outspoken and domineering nature earned him the moniker of the “Iron Chancellor”, but behind the name was a genuine strong will, with careful planning going into every political and military campaign and diplomatic act. Remaining a hero of German nationalists to the present, Bismarck followed an ideology of revolutionary conservatism, which has become an increasingly popular outlook in the modern political landscape, akin to neo-conservatism.

thoughtco.com/otto-von-bismarck-the-iron-chancellor-1773857 history.com/topics/germany/otto-von-bismarck academia.edu/6714267/Bismarcks_Shadow_The_Cult_of_Leadership_and_the_Transformation_of_the_German_Right_1898-1945

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Marginalised radicalism in his lifetime, but inspired it in later generations

Otto von Bismarck governed Prussia and then Germany by imposing a strong bureaucracy, a firm rule of law and forestalled any possibility of revolution with a deep encouragement of German nationalism. He used nationalism to spur on German unification; however it was this over-encouragement of nationalism that helped to form the German state that was particularly influential after Bismarck’s life. Adolf Hitler has written about his extensive studies of Bismarck’s legislation, describing the tough and relentless Bismarck as a thousand times better than any of the statesmen of Hitler’s day. Hitler tried to emulate Bismarck but failed to grasp his distaste for war and pragmatism, instead exhibiting the worst brutality and fanaticism in European history.

history.stackexchange.com/questions/7692/did-bismarck-have-any-influence-on-hitler

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