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  1. Nations are forged in the cauldron of war | Helen Ang
    May 6, 2015 @ 5:29 pm

    […] to be the Father of Germany and was the Fatherland’s first chancellor – see, ‘How Otto von Bismarck forged the German Empire’ (The Global State, 23 Jan […]

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  2. Christopher Fleming
    August 21, 2015 @ 9:59 am

    Bismarck didn’t want to annex Alsace-Lorraine and added it to the negotiations with great reluctance. He didn’t want to permanently shame the French by taking their territory and ensuring an inevitable war to take it back. He also insisted on no territorial annexations in the war with Austria for the same reason, which allowed Germany to form the alliance.

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    • Denali Marsh
      September 4, 2015 @ 4:05 am

      Yeah, Bismarck was quite the strategist. Even today his political shrewdness and real world political style (realpolitik) is looked to as a shining example of successful statesmanship. Realpolitik isn’t about ideology, its about a logical calculation of steps to accomplish your states goals. During the Cold War, the Nixon administration (specifically Henry Kissinger) employed realpolitik to split the two great communist nations of the world in half, strengthening America’s position. It was brilliant. Maybe if more people followed Bismarck’s strategies we’d have more successes like under Kissinger.

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