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Reasons for german unification   bismarck
Reasons for german unification   bismarck
Reasons for german unification   bismarck
Reasons for german unification   bismarck
Reasons for german unification   bismarck
Reasons for german unification   bismarck
Reasons for german unification   bismarck
Reasons for german unification   bismarck
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Reasons for german unification bismarck

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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.

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