'3 - Otto Van Bismarck At Four Stages Of His Career', 1907. Artist: Unknown
'3 - Otto Van Bismarck At Four Stages Of His Career', 1907. Prince Bismark as Chancellor of the newly united German Empire, July 3, 1871. Otto Edward Leopold, Count von Bismarck (1815-1898) was Chancellor of Prussia and architect of modern Germany. His ambition was to unify the various independent German states into a single nation under Prussian leadership. The catalyst to bringing this about was the Franco-Prussian War of 1870, when the other German states fought alongside the Prussians. France was defeated, and in 1871, the German Empire was established, with Bismarck as Chancellor. From The World's History, Volume VIII, by Dr. H. F. Helmolt. [William Heinemann, London, 1907]
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Otto von Bismarck German statesman, when Conservative Deputy and Inspector of Dykes, 1867. Artist: Andre Gill
Otto von Bismarck German statesman, when Conservative Deputy and Inspector of Dykes, 1867. Cartoon published in La Lune (Paris, 1867) showing Bismarck (1815-1904 as a cat with a mousetrap. Bismarck's provocation of the French to declare war on Prussia in 1870 was crucial in bringing about the unification of Germany. Other independent German states sided with Prussia in the face of what they saw as French aggression. France was defeated, and in 1871 the German Empire was proclaimed, with Bismarck as Chancellor.
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