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  • 1. Who was Bismarck? Otto von Bismarck was a Prussian, born into a Junker family in 1815. After the death of Frederick William IV, his brother Wilhelm I appointed Bismarck Minister President of Prussia.
  • 2. Minister President Bismarck’s first job was to stop a major crisis in Prussia, where King Wilhelm was considering abdicating. Bismarck also aimed to strengthen Prussia’s role in Europe and in the Bund.
  • 3. A new Prussian army Bismarck succeeded in getting the support and funds to build a stronger Prussian army. In doing this he stopped the king from abdicating, and showed his abilities.
  • 4. Wars and crises During his time as Minister President, Bismarck was involved in various wars and other crises. These included Prussian Wars against Denmark, Austria and France.
  • 5. Bismarck was important Many historians believe that Bismarck was the main reason unification occurred. They believe that he engineered a series of situations which improved Prussia’s position and made unification inevitable.
  • 6. Bismarck wasn’t important Other historians believe Bismarck’s role has been exaggerated. They say he was an opportunist who simply responded to situations, rather than creating them.
  • 7. In this unit you will decide how important Bismarck was. Each possible reason for unification will be examined, as well as considering Bismarck’s role in them all.